Affordable Housing

Red Deer employs a Housing First approach. This is a recovery-oriented approach that involves moving people who experience homelessness into independent and permanent housing as quickly as possible, with no preconditions, and then providing them with additional services and supports as needed.

The City administers funding from the federal and provincial governments for local affordable housing and homelessness projects and initiatives. Red Deer employs a Housing First* approach. This is a recovery-oriented approach that involves moving people who experience homelessness into independent and permanent housing as quickly as possible, with no preconditions, and then providing them with additional services and supports as needed. 

The numbers:

  • Currently, the waitlist for affordable housing in Red Deer sits at approximately 400 people.

Current Actions:

  • Multiple Intensive Case Management programs are funded in Red Deer including the Red Deer Native Friendship Society for a new Aboriginal Intensive Case Management program between October 1, 2017 until June 30, 2019.
  • Between 2015 and 2018, City Council has reached out to the Province on at least nine different occasions to request grants, funding and/or support related to housing and day supports.
  • The City administers funding from the federal and provincial governments for affordable housing and homelessness, which involves:
  • preparing and administering requests for proposals when funding is available.
  • providing administrative support to the Community Housing Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to City Council on funding decisions.
  • preparation and monitoring of contracts to the organizations and developers in the community who implement and fund projects.

Ongoing Strategies:

  • The City administers funding from the federal and provincial governments for local affordable housing and homelessness projects and initiatives.
  • The City and its local partner agencies are working to align current and future projects with new federal housing strategies as means to leverage additional funding opportunities.
  • In April 2018, the Government of Alberta announced a new 30 unit permanent supportive housing complex in Red Deer; where and when it will built is not yet determined.

Red Deer significantly lacks affordable housing inventory as waitlists are currently sitting around 400 individuals and families. Affordable housing units for the Housing First programs continue to be a barrier. There is a shortage of bachelor/one bedroom units for single adults as well as units large enough for families in our community. Capital funds are needed to build more affordable housing.

*Housing First is a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed.