The Impacts of Community Housing Developments on Local Neighbourhoods

Community housing continues to be a significant need in Alberta and across Canada. At Capital Regional Housing alone, they currently have more than 10,000 households on a waitlist for the housing programs they provide. In 2018, the City of Edmonton introduced a new five-year affordable housing framework that seeks to have 16 per cent affordable housing in all Edmonton communities.

This project will investigate the impacts of community housing developments on local neighbourhoods. Local community members are often concerned about the potential impacts of community housing developments on their neighbourhoods. Concerns may relate to urban intensification, densification, sense of place, crime and safety, property maintenance/upkeep, and impacts on property values. These concerns may at times be grounded in stereotypes and discriminatory beliefs about tenants living in community housing.

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Built Environment: Understand and improve the sustainability and livability of the physical and social aspects of our human-made environment.


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The largest provider of community and affordable homes in Edmonton, Civida manages over 5,300 community and affordable homes.