Affordable Housing Survey - Shelley Tupper - Ward 2 - Edmonton

The City of Edmonton should make more municipal land available for affordable housing for low-income Edmontonians. I would support a review taking place of municipally held land to determine its suitability for affordable housing for low-income Edmontonians. For example access to public transit, proximity of schools, libraries, health centres, parks, sports fields, day cares and senior centres. From suitable land parcels I would support consulting with the existing community to determine what would become an asset to the community. ...

2017 ECOHH Awareness Survey on Housing and Homelessness

Housing is one of the most important issues affecting quality of life for every person in a community. It is linked to economic prosperity, health, schools, transportation, and safety. Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH) encourages voters to consider candidates views on key issues related to housing in deciding who to support October 16.

Name: Shelley Tupper  /  Ward 2

1. The City of Edmonton should make more municipal land available for affordable housing for low-income Edmontonians.

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2. There is not enough subsidized housing in some neighbourhoods, and the City must ensure a better distribution in all neighbourhoods throughout Edmonton.

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3. The City should seek to make zoning more flexible to support the development of more affordable housing initiatives.

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4. The City should fund programs to increase the supply of affordable housing.

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5. The City should create a comprehensive plan to address the need for thousands of units of affordable housing that includes attention to schools, public transportation, and community services.

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6. The City is doing a good job to end homelessness.

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7. The City must be more active in advocating with the provincial and federal governments for more funding and better policies on affordable housing.

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8. The City must develop better ways to gather views of residents about housing issues and not depend so significantly on special interests.

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Thank you for filling out the survey, please provide any additional comment you would like to make.

1. The City of Edmonton should make more municipal land available for affordable housing for low-income Edmontonians. I would support a review taking place of municipally held land to determine its suitability for affordable housing for low-income Edmontonians. For example access to public transit, proximity of schools, libraries, health centres, parks, sports fields, day cares and senior centres. From suitable land parcels I would support consulting with the existing community to determine what would become an asset to the community.  

2. There is not enough subsidized housing in some neighbourhoods, and the City must ensure a better distribution in all neighbourhoods throughout Edmonton. There may not be enough subsidized housing in some neighbourhoods as people in need of such housing would generally want to live in a community that has access to public transit, proximity of schools, libraries, health centres, parks, sports fields, day cares and senior centres. All neighbourhoods throughout Edmonton would not meet all of these criteria.            

3. The City should seek to make zoning more flexible to support the development of more affordable housing initiatives. I would support seeking to make zoning more flexible, to encourage the development of more affordable housing initiatives, however consulting with the existing community would need to be included.

4. The City should fund programs to increase the supply of affordable housing. I would support funding programs to increase the supply of affordable housing provided the funds were leveraged by provincial and federal funding.

5. The City should create a comprehensive plan to address the need for thousands of units of affordable housing that includes attention to schools, public transportation, and community services. I would agree to the comprehensive plan however it should also contain a component such as the HOME Program for educating and assisting low income families to achieve the capability of buying and sustaining their own home.   

6. The City is doing a good job to end homelessness. The October 2016 Homeless count was of 1,752 people that represented a 43% decrease from 2008; however 70 per cent are chronically homeless. I agree with Mayor Iveson, a more aggressive and focused service delivery model is required to care for people with complex health factors.  

7. The City must be more active in advocating with the provincial and federal governments for more funding and better policies on affordable housing. Mayor Iveson has reported as Chair of Canada’s Big Cities, that the Mayors Group pushed for more funding for affordable housing from federal and provincial taxes, so more of these funds come back to help us build.    

8. The City must develop better ways to gather views of residents about housing issues and not depend so significantly on special interests. Giving the residents of a community a meaningful role in planning their community will result in good development for the city.    

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