EDMONTON – NDP Municipal Affairs critic, Deron Bilous, released the following statement regarding Alberta’s 2014 Homeless Count:
“The PCs are on track to break another important promise they have made to Albertans. This government has committed to ending homelessness by 2019 but the data released today shows the government isn’t doing enough to meet that goal.
“The homeless count for Edmonton is especially discouraging, up 3.5% from last year. This is a clear indication that the PCs need to devote more resources to ending homelessness if they have any hope of succeeding.
“Youth homelessness in Edmonton has also seen a disturbing increase of 17% between 2012 and 2014. The data highlights another broken PC promise to eliminate child poverty and improve the health and wellbeing of Alberta’s youth.
“In both Calgary and Edmonton, tight rental markets and skyrocketing rental costs are making life unaffordable for families and making them vulnerable to housing insecurity.
“It’s time this government took responsibility for this issue by providing proper funding for affordable housing and giving municipalities the powers they need to better control their rental markets and make more low income housing available to those who need it.
“Vulnerable Albertans should not have to pay the price for this government’s neglect of such an important issue.”