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  • Lunch and Learn - November 19, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - November 19, 2019

    November 19, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: If Not You... Then Who? Becoming a Foster, Adoptive, and Respite Caregiver in Alberta Presenters:  JoAnn Hallikainen, Caregiver Recruitment Team Lead Government of Alberta, Ministry of Children's Services All children deserve a home that is nurturing and safe. A Child's Hope is Read More
  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Access to stable and quality housing can produce positive outcomes to community health and education, and ultimately improve neighbourhood conditions and perceptions. Families that are in unstable housing are more likely to face intergenerational poverty. Living in unsafe neighbourhoods could have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, there is still formidable public opposition to providing quality Read More
  • A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    Read the full report (click on the link):A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update Click to download: 2016 Federal Census Neighbourhood Summary Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (All Ages) Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (0 to 17) INTRODUCTION Poverty affects people from all walks of life – young, old, employed, unemployed, those Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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 Indigenous Women in Alberta.   Download: Vital Topic - Indigenous Women in Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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 Arts. ARTS include a wide variety of creative disciplines including: Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with 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 - specifically Women, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Edmonton, Visible Minority Women, and Senior Women. Each of these topics appear in Read More
  • CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    Radio Active with Adrienne Pan Interview with Sandra Ngo, Edmonton Social Planning Council. Click here to listen to the interview   Read More
  • Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    June 21, 2018 For Immediate Release Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update Contending with Costs For the first time in 2 years, the living wage for Edmonton has risen. For 2018, an income earner must make $16.48 per hour to support a family of four, an increase of $0.17 per hour from last year’s living wage. The living wage is intended 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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