Literacy and Poverty Reduction: Exploring Barriers to Success

August 20, 2020

Post by: Jenn Rossiter – Edmonton Social Planning Council It’s worth noting that the information we have on adult literacy rates is limited. The federal government only started tracking this in 2012, and has scheduled data collection on a ten-year cycle. This means that the data we currently rely on is nearly a decade old, and the next available data will…

What is a Renters Wage

June 25, 2020

High housing costs affect renters as much as they do homeowners.  But in most Canadian cities, there are only 9% of neighbourhoods that make it possible for a minimum wage single income worker to afford a one or two bedroom unit without using more than 30% of their income.  Many households rely on one income…

Elks Lodge provides donation for the Society

May 29, 2020

A big thank you to the St. Albert Elks Lodge #585 for the funding support provided to the St. Albert Housing Society. Their contribution demonstrates a commitment to the community and the Society’s mission towards providing safe, affordable housing.

Why is Affordable Housing Essential?

September 14, 2018

Families and individuals who pay more than 30 percent of their income to housing are considered cost burdened and are likely to experience difficultly budgeting for other necessities like food, clothing, medical care, and transportation. When housing consumes too much of a household’s income, individuals or families can be forced to make difficult trade-offs that can…

What is Affordable Housing?

September 5, 2018

Recently, ‘affordable housing’ has been a common topic in the news and on election platforms, but each person and organization seems to interpret its meaning differently. So, how should we define ‘affordable housing’? According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing is considered affordable when a household spends less than 30 per cent of…


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