Why tackling poverty needs to go beyond new affordable housing: Economist
Governments need to look beyond investing in new affordable housing units to address homelessness and poverty, an economist says — especially in a city with an affordability gap as big as Calgary’s.
University of Calgary economics professor Ron Kneebone said more construction isn’t the only answer: any measures, however small, that provide more income support or reduce the cost of housing have the potential to alleviate poverty and limit the number of people turning to the shelter system.
In a new report released Thursday, Kneebone said thinking about poverty reduction from that angle emphasizes how all orders of government have the tools address housing affordability.
“There are lots of options here and the city also has a responsibility to start picking these up,” Kneebone said.
“There’s a lack of imagination among policy-makers about the things they could do.”
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