Supportive housing is staffed by social workers, psychologists, nurses, therapists and support workers who have the training and experience needed to help residents succeed and to provide daily programming to keep residents engaged.
The City studied the impact of non-market housing on the safety of 5 core neighbourhoods and found there was no correlation between crime and non-market housing, including supportive housing.
Using data and analytics support from the Edmonton Police Service, the City studied how many police events, including drug-related activity, violence, and property crime, occurred between 2011-2018 around non-market housing addresses in 5 core neighbourhoods. The number of events at these sites were then compared to the number of total events in the neighbourhood where the site was located.
Non-market properties, including supportive housing, were responsible for just 4% of the total number of police events for the 5 neighbourhoods, despite making up 12% of the total housing.
The City also examined data pertaining to bylaw complaints, including noise and graffiti, and found that non-market housing properties were responsible for just 1.3 per cent of the total bylaw complaints in their neighbourhoods.