AUMA’s Housing and Social Development Task Force has long maintained that housing and social issues are things that every municipality, to varying degrees, is dealing with today, and will continue to deal with in the future. As communities grow, the issue of affordable housing becomes more pressing as municipalities try to contend with the influx of people, and the need to find these people places to live.
A tremendous amount of work has been done by organizations such as the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) researching and analyzing affordable housing trends, options, challenges and solutions. However, most of the research available does not answer some very basic questions that municipal officials, elected and administrative, must be able to answer if they are to tackle the housing challenges they face.
This book, therefore, is intended to be a Handbook; a Toolkit; a Reference Guide; a “Housing for Du**ies” document that provides you with simple, practical, pragmatic suggestions and examples of what to do, when to do it, why to do it and how to do it. We have, wherever possible, included examples from other Alberta municipalities to give you a sense that what we are suggesting really can and does work.