Entries by Emily Bedford

Donations to youth programs take off with Birdies for Kids

Youth experiencing homelessness in Calgary will receive an extra boost, thanks to our generous donors who supported us this summer through the program, Shaw Birdies for Kids presented by Altalink, and the initiative, Chip in for Kids. From February to August 2021, our donors raised a total of nearly $7000 through Birdies for Kids and […]

A reflection from Patricia Jones: Orange Shirt Day and National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Today is of great significance, as it marks Orange Shirt Day and National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Calgary Homeless Foundation carries out its work on the traditional land of the Blackfoot Confederacy – Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, and the Treaty 7 territory, which includes T’suu T’ina and Stoney Nakoda (which is comprised of  Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley […]

On Housing & Serious Mental Illness: A Nick Falvo Book Review

Sylvestre, J., Nelson, G., & Aubry, T. (Eds.). (2017). Housing, citizenship, and communities for people with serious mental illness: Theory, research, practice, and policy perspectives. Oxford University Press. Reviewed by Nick Falvo, PhD Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Three Ontario-based researchers have edited a very good book on […]

2018 Provincial and Calgary Point-in-Time Count Reports

On April 11, 2018, Calgary conducted our biennial Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of homelessness. This Count was Calgary’s third time participating in the provincially-coordinated PiT Count, and the first time participating in the nationally-coordinated PiT count. PiT Counts provide a snapshot of the population of people experiencing homelessness on one night. Over time, these numbers can […]

Ten things to know about the newly-signed federal-provincial-territorial housing framework agreement

By Nick Falvo, PhD Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation A federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) framework agreement on housing was signed on April 10 in Toronto. It supports the Trudeau government’s National Housing Strategy, which was released last fall. Here are 10 things to know about the just-signed agreement: Though […]

Homelessness and Employment: The Case of Calgary

By Nick Falvo, PhD Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. On March 8, I gave a guest presentation to students in Professor Naomi Lightman’s Sociology of Work class at the University of Calgary. I was joined by Alexander Kulakov and Amit Nade, employment coaches at the Mustard Seed. […]

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A Home and a Voice for Everyone

By Emily Bedford Like housing, a voice in policy is a human right that needs to be fought for. Like housing, just because it’s a right doesn’t mean it’s always accessible. Our electoral process is a representation of the society in which we live, and if certain groups cannot be informed or participate in election […]