Issues We Face

RESEARCH | Housing in Canada’s Big Cities Report via City of Calgary

May 18, 2018

Calgary is far behind other major Canadian cities when it comes to affordable housing, according to a new report from the city. According to the report, Calgary lags well behind other major centres in terms of co-operative housing supply, market rental supply and non-market rental supply. Read report

RESEARCH | Housing Affordability and Strong Communities

May 18, 2018

With reliable and equitable transportation, water systems, energy, affordable housing, waste management, and communications, communities can focus on other economic and social advancements. Yet, aging systems, deferred maintenance, insufficient new investments, and long-standing inequities undermine the foundation for all other success. Affordable housing is infrastructure, a basic physical component needed for society to operate. Research … Read More

RESEARCH | The Importance of Beauty in Affordable Housing

May 14, 2018

“Having a beautiful place to live creates a sense of pride and helps residents regain their stability and dignity,” says Brenda Rosen, president and CEO of a 28-year old supportive housing nonprofit in Brooklyn, USA. She explained that one of their biggest tasks is to break down the stigma attached to housing for formerly homeless … Read More

RESEARCH | Housing is the Best Medicine: Supportive Housing and the Social Determinants of Health

April 27, 2018

Social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions that affect health outcomes and are the underlying, contributing factors of health inequities. Examples include housing, educational attainment, employment and the environment. Access to safe, quality, affordable housing – and the supports necessary to maintain that housing – constitute one of the most basic and … Read More

RESEARCH | What strategies prevent tenant evictions?

April 23, 2018

  A systematic review of international literature from January 1985 to May 2012 to know which interventions are effective in preventing evictions. The overview brings together the learnings from numerous interventions implemented to prevent evictions published in scientific journals and reporting on their (cost‐)effectiveness. Read the research  

RESEARCH | Ten things to know about the newly-signed federal-provincial-territorial housing framework agreement

April 15, 2018

  The director of research and data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Nick Falvo, outlines the ten things to know about the newly-signed federal-provincial-territorial housing framework agreement. The framework agreement on housing was signed on April 10 in Toronto. It supports the Trudeau government’s National Housing Strategy, which was released last fall. Here are 10 things to … Read More

RESEARCH | 4 things you can do to address housing issues in your community 

April 11, 2018

Whether a city is struggling to house an influx of new residents, provide affordable homes to low income residents, or deal with abandoned and neglected properties, housing issues often seem way too big and challenging for the average resident to have any say in. Many times deep-pocketed developers, the public housing authority, the elected officials, and … Read More

RESEARCH | United Nations Reports on the Right to Housing

March 27, 2018

  Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing and the Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty discussed why housing is the issue of the day for cities around the world, in Edmonton on March 21, 2018. She provided a snapshot of housing conditions globally and locally, highlighting the tension between the treatment … Read More

RESEARCH | How do we define affordable housing

March 23, 2018

Housing affordability is about so much more than just a monthly rent or mortgage payment. Failing to account for factors like household transportation costs and maintenance expenses can totally confuse our approach to solving the problem of affordability. Read research