Hoffman Releases Plan to to Take the Politics out of Housing

EDMONTON – Sarah Hoffman released an ambitious plan to tackle Alberta’s housing crisis and ensure that Albertans have access to dignified quality, accessible, culturally appropriate, affordable housing throughout the province.

“I’m appalled that the UCP government is using politics to block funding from reaching municipalities in the middle of a housing crisis,” said Sarah Hoffman. “As Premier, I will work with all orders of government, regardless of political stripe, to solve this crisis and make sure that Albertans have access to safe and affordable housing.”

Hoffman’s plan is built on a core value that housing is a human right. She committed to re-establishing a Ministry of Housing and investing in public, co-op, and non-profit housing. She will work with all orders of government to identify and transfer underused land to make available for housing.

Her plan also incorporates MLA Janis Irwin’s Rent Control Bill that would see rent increases capped to two percent per year for two years and then capped to inflation for the next two years. The provincial government would accomplish this by incentivizing housing targets for municipalities. 

“As a leader in Alberta’s housing sector with a Housing Management Body, and a senior, I’m honoured to have contributed to this ambitious proposal and solid policy statement”, said Mike Derbyshire.  “Sarah’s plan recognizes affordable and safe housing as a basic human right and offers concrete solutions that ensure all Albertans will have a place to call home.”

Hoffman committed to working with post-secondary institutions to accelerate innovations in homebuilding, including factory-built housing that is designed to lower carbon emissions. She will also work with community non-profit partners to ensure that new housing meets the needs of Alberta’s diverse social and cultural communities. 

Her plan will ensure that there is housing for those with accessibility needs and permanent supportive housing, sustainable funding for repairs, renovations and upkeep of public housing, including Alberta’s seniors’ lodges.

“We are in the midst of a serious cost of living crisis,” said Hoffman. “My plan takes aim directly at the biggest driver of this crisis – housing. Albertans should be able to afford a place to rent and we need to make the dream of home ownership a reality.”

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