Affordable Housing: Cam McDonald

Rent costs in Edmonton are 23.1% higher than the national average. Many Edmontonians are struggling to keep up – about 60,000 households in the city are in core housing need, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing alone.

We spoke with Cam McDonald, Executive Director of the Right at Home Housing Society, about the need for more affordable housing in Edmonton and across Alberta. His organization owns and operates more than 500 affordable housing units across the city and has plans to build over 200 more, but he knows it’ll take a concerted effort between communities, governments and housing providers to really meet the need. To check out the highlights from our conversation with Cam, watch the video.

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