Recent stories about homelessness

A sign that reads "Exploring Edmonton? We'll get you started."
city council homelessness

On the agenda: Homelessness emergency, Explore Edmonton, public spaces bylaw

City council continues to meet virtually this week. Council will discuss actions following its declaration of a homelessness emergency, as well as the public spaces bylaw and further financial assistance for Explore Edmonton.

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A group of people stand on the side of a road holding signs. One reads "Housing is a Human Right"; another reads "Shelters Are Not A Home."
city council shelters

The numbers and realities of Edmonton's shelter system

Here's a look at what we know about the supply of shelter space and the factors that affect demand.

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A brick warehouse with a neon sign reading "Mercer" below an older painted sign that says "The Mercer Wholesale Ltd."
business downtown

Boyle Street relocation to Work Nicer space seen as mutually beneficial

It may seem odd for a business-oriented coworking space to offer its facilities to a social services agency in need of a new home, but for Work Nicer founder Alex Putici, it was completely aligned with his mission.

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A map showing the four temporary locations housing Boyle Street's services
downtown podcast

Boyle Street solution seen as heartening but puzzling

Speaking Municipally takes a look at Boyle Street Community Services' move to four temporary locations while it waits for its new facility to be finished next fall.

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A person lays a flower among many others on a sculpture of a faceless figure, hunched over in a doorway.
downtown housing

Homeless Memorial Service remembers, grieves, and honours

More than 200 people gathered on June 7 to remember 156 Edmontonians who died due to homelessness in 2022.

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A render of the new Warehouse Park
city council downtown

On the agenda: Indigenous Framework, Warehouse Park, and more

This week, a public hearing will take place on May 30. Community and public services committee will meet on May 31, urban planning committee will meet on June 1, and executive committee will meet on June 2.

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Geese in front of the pond surrounded by trees at Hawrelak Park
city council housing

On the agenda: Homelessness response, trees, and investment performance

This week, community and public services committee will meet on May 1, urban planning committee will meet on May 2, and executive committee will meet on May 3.

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Members of the task force standing against a wall while a man speaks at a podium in front of them
housing addictions

Homeward Trust CEO hopeful about new community response task force

When the province announced the new Edmonton Public Safety and Community Response Task Force on Dec. 13, some criticized the creation of yet another committee to address the city's ongoing crisis of addictions and homelessness. But Susan McGee of Homeward Trust is optimistic it will have an impact.

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Stills of three actors from This is Where We Live
arts housing

Film project puts true stories of street life in the mouths of actors

A new short film titled This is Where We Live uses verbatim theatre to let Edmonton's unhoused community tell their own stories.

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