Expensive estimate for city-sanctioned encampments in Edmonton raises considerations for one councillor – Edmonton | Globalnews.ca

Costly estimate for city-sanctioned encampments in Edmonton raises concerns for one councillor - Edmonton | Globalnews.ca

2022-07-04 06:20:04

Edmonton is now in the summertime months when homeless encampments are inclined to pop up across the metropolis.

Wanting to assist these in want, Ward O-day’min Coun. Anne Stevenson requested administration two weeks in the past to see what it will value for town to sanction its personal camps this summer season.

“Administration got here again with the report that did delve into what working some small scale sanctioned encampments would appear to be and most notable is the numerous price ticket,” Stevenson mentioned.

Stevenson mentioned the fee to arrange and function small city-run encampments for 60 folks for 3 months is $2.1 million, that features the prices to pay for an array of social helps and 24/7 safety.

A welcome record, however one Stevenson mentioned comes at a value a lot greater than she anticipated.

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“For that degree of funding, we’re higher off investing in different options which have a longer-term impression,” Stevenson mentioned.

She says the report additionally outlined different choices reminiscent of tiny dwelling villages, trailers and flats.

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Nice alternate options, however ones Stevenson mentioned wouldn’t be in place till probably subsequent spring.

“I’m upset that there’s no more we are able to do that summer season,” Stevenson mentioned. “What’s taking place now is just not good for anybody.”

Jim Gurnett with the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, mentioned sanctioned encampments are an possibility that shouldn’t be rejected.

“If (folks) are going to be tenting and dwelling in these sorts of casual situations anyway, a sanctioned and supervised place that’s more healthy and safer is completely a superb path to go,” Gurnett mentioned. “And I imagine it may be accomplished efficiently.”

Gurnett mentioned if cash is the problem, it’s necessary to find out what the prices are for not selecting this feature.

“Two million {dollars}, lives saved and higher more healthy communities could be a superb funding,” Gurnett mentioned.

Stevenson mentioned she wish to discover lower-cost choices when council discusses the movement on Monday.

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However with finances restraints, she doubts this plan will cross with its present price ticket.

“It’s a way of failing Edmontonians, failing people in our neighborhood which are in want of housing which is a really fundamental factor that we’re all entitled to,” Stevenson mentioned.

If sanctioned encampments are a no-go, Stevenson mentioned she’d prefer to put extra of a concentrate on getting folks dwelling in tents into everlasting supportive housing.

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