A new report from the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness shows more than 6,600 homeless Albertans have been provided with housing and supports since 2009.

Highlighting progress on ending homelessness in Alberta, the report also showed more than 1,600 people have graduated from Housing First Programs and are living independently, with approximately 80 per cent of Albertans who received support to help them break the cycle of poverty remaining housed.

“I extend my gratitude to the Secretariat members who made the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness a reality,” said Premier Alison Redford. “They understood that ending homelessness was the right thing to do for economic, social, and ethical reasons and their work provided the foundation for our current and future success in ending homelessness.”

Premier Redford also announced the appointment of the Alberta Interagency Council (IAC) on Homelessness. The community focused partnership will help guide the next phase of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years. The focus is now shifting to making long-term changes that will prevent homelessness and strategies requiring coordinated action between government and local communities.

Co-chaired by MLA Mary Anne Jablonski and former President and CEO of the Edmonton YMCA, Franco Savoia, the 33-member council will focus on homelessness prevention and identify strategies and actions to provide specialized supports to targeted groups of homeless Albertans, including the chronically homeless, Aboriginals, youth, and women and their families leaving violent situations.

Interagency Council on Homelessness