On May 11, Edmonton city council voted unanimously to hire more staff for its encampment response team, including park rangers, clean-up staff and housing outreach staff to contend with an expected surge in encampments this summer.
However, this response fails to address the basic question: where are the people displaced from these encampments meant to go? There is simply not enough supportive housing available to meet the needs of homeless Edmontonians. And while homelessness in Edmonton has more than doubled since the pandemic, fewer bridge housing options are available. Read more →