Fight Alberta's Urgent Homeless Crisis!
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Alberta must do more to end homelessness. People are living on the streets, suffering and dying without dignity.
Homelessness costs everyone an enormous amount -- public costs can be as much as $100,000 per person yearly. Ending homelessness costs a fraction of this.
If the Alberta government invests 1.2 billion over 5 years in homeless supports, many will be empowered to be lifted from homelessness. 1.2 billion may seem expensive, but leaving people on the streets is undeniably more costly.
People who are chronically on the streets strain the healthcare and justice system, leaving enormous expenses.
It is time to end the substantial waste of human life and public expense that results from our current situation.
In 2009, the Alberta government originally planned to invest $3.316 billion in affordable housing and homeless supports over ten years to end homelessness. However, that goal was never reached. The Alberta government has recently proposed to invest 1.2 billion over 5 years for affordable housing, but funds for homeless supports remain a fraction of what was planned to end homelessness.
Investing in homelessness is the best financial and humanitarian action. Let us now call upon the Alberta government to provide 1.2 billion in funding over 5 years in homeless supports.
- Why 1.2 billion to homeless support? The government is planning to invest 1.2 billion to affordable housing, meaning that 1.2 billion is a realistic level of funding for a social service.
- $3.316 billion planned investment
- $100000 cost of homelessness per person and the cost to END homelessness
- 1.2 billion for affordable housing
- Government financial reports showing lack of funding to homeless supports (Homeless Outreach funds add up to only about 500 million from 2009 to present). Look in “Housing and Urban Affairs,” “Human Services,” and “Community and Social Services”
- What sorts of social services are provided to homeless people? One effective type are housing first programs, programs which give people a home and provide them with the supports to become self-sufficient.
- Questions or comments? You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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