Just Say Yes

Just Say Yes To Housing For All Calgarians

Calgary is in a housing crisis:

  • Our rental vacancy rate is 1.4%, tied with Toronto for lowest in Canada
  • The average annual rental cost increased by 14.3% in 2023, the largest increase in Canada
  • One in five Calgary households, at least 84,600 households, cannot afford their housing
  • There are currently over 6,600 households on the Calgary Housing Company’s Affordable housing waitlist

At the Calgary Drop-In Centre in January 2024, we had an average of 818 people staying overnight and 147 of these were new individuals sleeping in our shelter for the first time.

 “When there are no housing options, you are going to see the numbers go up, you are going to see an increase in visible homelessness, you are going to see an increase in encampments… so people just have to say yes to affordable housing” -Sandra Clarkson, Executive Director of the Calgary Drop-In Centre.

We ask our neighbours, businesses, and community organizations to ‘Just Say Yes’ to housing all Calgarians by supporting and welcoming developments in their areas.

On April 22, we are urging Calgary’s City Council to follow through on Home is Here: The City of Calgary’s Housing Strategy, to enable the creation of more housing, boost affordability, and alleviate the unsustainable pressure on Calgary’s homeless-serving organizations.

Click below to read our policy paper:


Take action

Become a housing advocate!

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with discussions that are currently taking place in Calgary and take steps to make sure your voice is heard. Below are some resources to help you get started.

See Who Else is Just Saying Yes!

The 17 social service and community organizations that make up the Social Policy Collaborative signed a joint letter calling on City Council to support Rezoning

Vibrant Communities Calgary has released a letter of support for the proposed citywide rezoning

Inn from the Cold‘s public submission of Support for City-Wide Rezoning


Housing News & Resources

How Many Housed People in Calgary are at Risk of Homelessness?

Published by University of Calgary School of Public Policy

The City of Calgary Housing Needs Assessment (2023)

Published by the City of Calgary