Housing Supports Alberta, Albertans Support Housing
ASCHA has prepared some key advocacy pieces in preparation for the upcoming provincial election.
Housing Supports Alberta, Albertans Support Housing is the fundamental understanding that for Albertans to live healthy, fulfilled lives within their communities, they must have a home that supports their needs. Our recommendations enclosed focus on the following:
Prioritization of housing at the Government of Alberta level through:
- An empowered Cabinet Committee on Housing Building capacity within the sector by addressing operational challenges to meet Albertans’ current and future housing and support needs
- Identifying ways to immediately address recruitment and retention issues in the housing sector
- Strengthening community supports, including homecare and tenant supports, and, more broadly, looking at how to maintain the supports that keep Albertans appropriately housed
- Improved funding models to help keep Albertans housed and to build more housing to address our future seniors and affordable housing needs.
Housing Supports Alberta, Albertans Support Housing – full report
Housing Supports Alberta – Key Messages
Housing Supports Health
Housing Supports Affordability
Understanding The Issues
Systemic and regulatory barriers hamper the development of new affordable housing and undermine the ongoing viability of current stock.
Adequate funding for support services for tenants is urgently needed, and this has not been addressed by new funding announcements that only focus on construction and retrofits.
Funding has been reduced each year, and this has meant supports are not adequate to enable positive outcomes for tenants, especially those with capabilities to eventually transition to market housing.
Most Albertans are unaware of how affordable housing contributes to the economic and social health of their communities. Affordable housing keeps Albertans well and provides a stable foundation from which they can become more self-sustaining. This allows individuals to make economic and social contributions to their greater community. Investing in affordable housing create jobs, improves health and education outcomes, and ensures family stability for low-income Albertans.
Seniors’ overall wellness is at risk due to a lack of shared approaches and consistent understandings across the full continuum of housing with service options and health supports available.
Various systems and programs serving those in seniors housing are not always aligned, and they can conflict with one another.
The needs of Alberta’s seniors are not being appropriately addressed due to a lack of integrated service delivery, inadequate funding, and inconsistencies in the options available within all Albertan communities.