The Edmonton Inner City Housing Society has been responding effectively to the housing needs of vulnerable Edmontonians since 1983.
In 1982 Edmonton's boom collapsed… Empty parking lots throughout Boyle Street and South McCauley were the legacy left to the community. Most of those parking lots still exist today, in 2012. Many single family homes that were not torn down, were allowed to be renovated into rent-generating suites that met neither fire nor safety standards.
In RESPONSE: The Edmonton Inner City Housing Society has created over 20 affordable housing developments, totalling more than 300 units of housing. We provide and manage housing for approximately 500 people, including a diverse group of families and individuals with low income, nearly all of whom come from Edmonton's inner city neighborhoods.
Today, Edmonton's inner city neighborhoods still have substandard, derelict housing. Existing rentals are being converted to condos, and there is pressure to gentrify the old, inner city neighborhoods.
Many individuals and families continue to experience poverty in the inner city. Many are living in substandard, over crowded conditions. As a result people are waiting for over two years on our wait list for a modest, well maintained place to call home, in their community.
THE NEED FOR OUR RESPONSE CONTINUES, and we are committed to improving the housing stock and lives of people experiencing homelessness and poverty in our inner city neighborhoods.