Why 10-year plan?

  • The Edmonton Committee to End Homelessness is developing a cost-effective plan to end homelessness in 10 years. Instead of managing homelessness through emergency shelters and drop-in centres, we need to change our approach so we can end homelessness. More...
  • Across North America, research has shown that it is more cost-effective to house homeless people and provide them with the needed supports than it is to continue as we have in the past.
  • Estimates from other cities suggest the cost of homelessness can be as high as $150,000 per person per year, versus about $35,000 per person per year to provide housing and support.
  • Over the long term, ending homelessness will actually cost less than continuing to manage it the way we have been.
  • The committee is drawing on a tremendous body of evidence and strategies that have been proven to end chronic homelessness. Although we will customize a solution for Edmonton, we don't need to reinvent the wheel.
  • The 10-year plan being developed by the committee will be customized for our city but will draw on successful approaches that are working in more than 300 cities and counties in North America.
  • Other municipalities are making major strides towards ending homelessness. We can do it here.