Calgary Homeless Foundation
About the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
The Calgary Homeless Foundation leads the implementation of Calgary's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Issued in January 2008, Calgary's 10 Year Plan was created by the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness, a community-based, multi-stakeholder, leadership group who issued the Plan and selected the Foundation to implement the Plan. The Calgary Homeless Foundation is moving forward on the Plan in partnership with the many homeless serving agencies, the private sector, our government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness in Calgary once and for all. For more information, please visit calgaryhomeless.com.
Progress in Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Calgary agencies are pulling together more than ever to successfully house and support men, women and children at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Calgary. The mind-set of the 10 Year Plan is really taking hold, with agencies collaborating and finding new ways to house those most vulnerable. Visit the CHF’s section on progress for the most current information.
The concept of "Housing First" is to put homeless or at risk people into housing first, support them in that housing, and give them an opportunity to work on the issues that led to their homelessness from the stability and safety of housing.
Family Homelessness in Calgary is a problem.
Between 15,000 and 17,000 people used an emergency shelter for at least one night in Calgary last year. Unfortunately, many were families with children. The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) is working with the community to end homelessness in Calgary by leading a 10 Year Plan. An important part of the Plan is to encourage partnership with the faith community in order to help end family homelessness.
Progress in Ending Family Homelessness.
In the first two years of the Plan, about 220 families were re-housed, against a target of 200. This progress continues, with a total of 275 families being rehoused (January 29, 2008 – June 30, 2010). The total number of people housed and the number of families staying in shelters began to stabilize in the spring of 2010. Shelter diversion programs, launched at the end of 2009, prevented 109 families from becoming homeless. Continued support, through initiatives such as "A Place to Call Home: Acadia Place, will help more families have a safe, affordable place to call home.