City votes to sell land to Homeward Trust to build housing to help end homelessness
Federal funding to fight homelessness.
EDMONTON -- Edmonton city council has voted to sell four parcels of land to Homeward Trust to build permanent supportive housing.
The land is in the Terrace Heights, King Edward Park, Inglewood and McArthur Industrial areas.
In 2017, the city determined that 900 housing units were needed to end homelessness by 2024. The land in question will create 150 units.
The city will sell the land to the not-for-profit organization for less than market value.
Mayor Don Iveson said permanent supportive housing is usually funded by the federal or provincial governments, but council felt that waiting for funding from other level of governments would put Edmontonians at risk.
Community engagement on the project is still to come.
Mike Nickel was the only councillor who voted against the proposal.