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NEWS | Lethbridge homeless numbers increase

July 20, 2018

More people are living on Lethbridge streets, reflecting Alberta’s opioid crisis. A total of 223 men, women and youth were counted as homeless on a day in April, when officials from Alberta’s seven largest cities used an improved, standardized reporting system. Province-wide, that number has grown to 5,735 – not counting people struggling to survive … Read More

NEWS | Homelessness in Calgary down 19 per cent since 2008, report finds

July 20, 2018

Calgary is still the epicentre of homelessness in Alberta, but things are looking up, a new report suggests. The 2018 Point-in-Time Homeless Count released Thursday shows Calgary’s total was 2,911 people on April 11. When the last count was done on Oct. 19, 2016, 3,430 people were counted as experiencing homelessness in the city.   … Read More

NEWS | New Norwood Family Housing Project in Edmonton

July 20, 2018

Right at Home Housing Society is developing a living space within the Norwood neighbourhood. The Norwood family housing project is steps away from the society’s office and will have construction completed by September 2018. With a mix of two and three bedroom units, the new apartment complex will be able to lift 22 families out … Read More

NEWS | Indigenous housing providers raise alarms about future of federal funding deals

July 17, 2018

Indigenous social housing providers will soon push the federal government to rethink plans to overhaul their funding arrangements because they worry the Liberal proposals could leave thousands of low-income families on the street. Federal officials are set to start consultations on how to spend almost $500 million in the coming years as federal operating agreements … Read More

NEWS | Calgary housing market sees a shift toward rental

July 13, 2018

For an increasing number of developers in Calgary, most especially in the downtown core, condos now appear to be less attractive as a development investment. Interest is shifting toward purpose-built rental, says Alex Ferguson, president of GableCraft Homes and Excel Homes Multi-Family in Calgary. Read article      

NEWS | Lethbridge Council approves funds for Southern Alberta Self-Help Association housing renovations

July 10, 2018

The Southern Alberta Self-Help Association (SASHA) will be getting $203,240.31 from the City of Lethbridge’s Affordable Housing Capital Project Grant fund to complete some much-needed renovations to one of its houses. SASHA is in the third stage of completing renovations to its homes, after the other two were completed earlier, according to Executive Director Sherri … Read More

NEWS | New hospice offers end-of-life care to the homeless

July 6, 2018

Toronto-based St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare, Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) and their organizations teamed up with Toronto Hospice and Inner City Health Associates to open the Journey Home Hospice with four beds at 90 Shuter St. They were inspired by The Ottawa Mission, a hospice in the nation’s capital that began as a mission … Read More

NEWS | More homeless people finding stable housing in Grande Prairie

July 6, 2018

Another 61 formerly homeless people have successfully found a place to live over the past year. That’s how many graduates of Grande Prairie’s Housing First program are being celebrated for 2017/2018. The housing first philosophy provides access to housing without any preconditions like treatment or sobriety, and being a graduate of the program means they … Read More

NEWS | Interest Rate Hikes Eroding Housing Affordability

July 6, 2018

After improving slightly late last year, housing affordability has now reached “crisis levels” in Vancouver and is posing a “tremendous challenge” in Toronto. That’s the assessment from RBC’s latest Housing Trends and Affordability report, which says higher interest rates are the main reason for a deterioration in affordability right across the country. Unsurprisingly, Toronto and … Read More