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  • John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

    John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

    Funding to help people find affordable housing has been cut 24 per cent by the province. We'll take a look at what that means for low income Albertans trying to find housing. Click here to listen.   Read More
  • Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

    Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

    EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta called " Invest in Families: Ending Child Poverty is Good for All .” Click to download: Invest In Families: Ending Child Poverty Is Good For All Click to download: Invest In Families: Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Sports and Recreation

    2019 Vital Topics - Sports and Recreation

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by the Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on the impact of Sports and Recreation. Download: Vital Topic Read More
  • Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council provided the recent Op-Ed in the Edmonton Journal. Read the full version here: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-budget-is-a-setback-for-lower-income-albertans Download the Fact Sheet here: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Excerpt from the Edmonton Journal: With the UCP tabling their first budget, there is a lot of talk of what this means. Depending on who you ask, this Read More
  • 2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    Download: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Introduction The 2019 budget, which runs until March 31, 2020, is titled A Plan for Jobs and the Economy. The main priorities it identifies is creating jobs and reducing the deficit. We are now almost 7 months into the 2019-20 budget year, so many of the big changes announced will not take effect until next spring’s Read More
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The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) says the 2010 provincial budget contains major cuts for Alberta’s renters and puts the provincial plan to end homelessness in ten years at serious risk of failure.  

“Last March, the provincial government committed to ending the scourge of homelessness in this province.  Yet the last two provincial budgets have delivered less than one-third of the financial resources needed to achieve this worthy objective,” said John Kolkman, the ESPC’s Research and Policy Analysis Coordinator.

Kolkman notes that the government appointed Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness estimated the cost of ending homelessness at $3.3 billion over ten years (or $330 million per year).  Yet the 2010 budget only commits to funding of $400 million during the first four years (or $100 million per year).  “How can the government expect to meet its goal of ending homelessness without investing the necessary resources to bring it about?” he asks.

The bit of good budget news is the increase of $10.1 million in outreach support services for those being housed under the Ten Year Plan.  “This helps those who are vulnerable retain their housing rather than fall back into homelessness,” said Kolkman.

The ESPC is also concerned about the deep cuts in provincial rent supplements in the last two budgets. “Rents remain high, yet assistance to help low income Albertans pay their rent has fallen from $144 million last year, to $88 million this year, and will be further reduced to $75 million next year. People who can’t afford to pay their rents risk becoming homeless. It is more cost-effective to help low income Albertans pay their rents before they become homeless than to only help them after they do,” he emphasized. 

While some emergency housing assistance is available through social assistance (Alberta Works), this program is also facing a $47 million (8%) cut.  “All in all, Budget 2010 spells trouble for Albertans who are homeless or unable to pay their rent,” Kolkman concludes.

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For more information contact:
John Kolkman
(780) 423-2031 x350 or (587) 989-4442

website: www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca


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