Roughly 115,000 Calgarians in 40,000 households could be on the brink of homelessness, according to a new paper from the University of Calgary School of Public Policy. Lee Stevens discussed the study with Live Wire Calgary, saying she was surprised by magnitude of the issue.
"I honestly thought that it would be under 100,000 – and 115,000 is a bit mind-boggling. One emergency, one crisis, one unexpected expense or event – that could be what lands you in the shelter. We know what the problem is. What we need to do is act on it," she explained.
Both the authors and Lee said actions that could be taken to pull thousands back from the brink are better income supports, rental subsidies, and more housing stock through a long-term housing plan.
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