The role The City of Calgary plays in providing and facilitating the provision of affordable housing requires a comprehensive corporate-wide strategy that allows for flexibility to respond to changing environments. In Calgary, municipal resources (including staff, land and tax-supported funding) are contributed to creating affordable housing options.
The City’s efforts support the Calgary 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness (2008), which is administered by the Calgary Homeless Foundation. The Plan identifies strategic approaches to ending homelessness, such as the creation of new affordable housing units, and identifies specific municipal actions. With the Plan targeting an additional 8,500 affordable housing units, The City’s contributions are integral components to the success of the 10-Year Plan.
In 2016, The City introduced a Housing Incentive Program (HIP), a grant and rebate program to encourage development of affordable housing.
The City of Calgary’s work also supports A Plan for Alberta – Ending Homelessness in 10 Years. The Government of Alberta plays a fundamental role to provide funding and programs for affordable housing and homelessness.