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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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For Immediate Release

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) today released a report called “Not just a roof over our heads” detailing the findings of a recent survey of Edmonton renters. A diverse group of 727 renters responded to the survey that took place during April and May of this year. 

“Despite some improvement in the vacancy rate, five times more renters reported that their housing situation is getting worse rather than better,” noted Anette Kinley, the ESPC’s Research and Communications Assistant, and the report’s author.  “Over four out of five renters reported that their rent went up in the last year.  The average increase was $195 per month,” she added.

Renters facing the steepest increases were those who could least afford it, namely those living in modestly priced rental accommodation.  “The survey found renters paying less than $500 month initially faced an average rent increase of 61% in the past year. In contrast, those who started paying $1,000 or more faced an average 18% increase, less than one-third as high,” Kinley noted.

The ESPC survey findings are consistent with the most recent report of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation which shows that most of the improvement in the vacancy rate is in higher end rental accommodation, such as rental condos, and not in the lower end of the rental market.

“We are appreciative that many survey respondents took the time to offer their recommendations on how to address the ongoing crisis in affordable rental housing,” said John Kolkman, the ESPC’s Research and Policy Analysis Coordinator. “Based on this input, the ESPC has modified and updated its own positions on the rental housing crisis,” he added.

“By far the most frequently cited recommendations from renters were the urgent need for the provincial government to stabilize rents and get more affordable rental housing built,” said Kolkman. 

“The ESPC therefore continues to see the need for rent guidelines to protect vulnerable renters with low or modest incomes. These temporary controls should only be lifted once more rental housing gets built and provincial rent subsidy programs improved,” concluded Kolkman

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website:  www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca

 

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