UPDATE – Our Latest Housing and Diversion Stats

August 31, 2021 Together, between March 1, 2020 and August 29, 2021, we have helped 3,132 individuals and families find their way home.  During this time, 1,491 individuals and families were diverted from homelessness, and 1,641 individuals and families were housed, at an average rate of 174 individuals and families being supported on their journey home per month.  July 28, 2021 Together, since […]

Training reconnects 2SLGBTQ+ youth with loved ones and a place to call home

2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness or living in precarious housing are reconnecting with family and friends, thanks to training offered by the Centre for Sexuality and funded by Calgary Homeless Foundation. The Centre for Sexuality, a Calgary-based organization that seeks to normalize sexuality and sexual health, has begun delivering Natural Supports Training to a select number […]

“Aura has given me a reason to have hope”: how one Calgary program is helping 2SLGBTQ+ youth find their way home

  In honour of Calgary Pride Week, Calgary Homeless Foundation is shining a light on 2SLGBTQ+ youth and the agencies helping them find a home where they can feel safe and free to be themselves. As of August 26, 2021, 101 youth, aged 24 and under, are awaiting housing with supports in Calgary. Out of […]

NOW AVAILABLE: Data That Makes a Difference webinar video, featuring presenter: Dan O’Flaherty

In our new webinar series, presenters describe and discuss how their data sets address homelessness to foster discussion on future research.  On June 3, 2021 Calgary Homeless Foundation, in partnership with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, launched the first of our Data That Makes a Difference webinar series.    The subject of this first webinar focused on how short cross-sectional […]

A look back at Calgary Homeless Foundation’s 2021 Trail Blazer Breakfast

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Calgary Homeless Foundation celebrated its third annual – but first virtual – Trail Blazer Breakfast, in support of our work to guide the fight against homelessness in the city.   Thank you so much to our sponsors, our speakers, and to all who attended and supported us in this incredible event. You helped raise over $130,000 towards guiding the fight to end homelessness in Calgary!  Now, more than ever, home is […]

Patricia Jones, President and CEO of Calgary Homeless Foundation, joins provincial government working group to revitalize Calgary’s downtown core

Calgary Homeless Foundation is proud to announce that Patricia Jones, President and CEO of Calgary Homeless Foundation, will bring her insights and expertise to a government-led working group tasked with revitalizing downtown Calgary.  Patricia is one of twelve members appointed to The Calgary Office Revitalization and Expansion (CORE) Working Group, co-chaired by Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer and Calgary-Currie MLA Nicholas […]

COVID-19 Pandemic: One Year Later

Throughout the past year, we have experienced collective challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic unlike anything many of us have witnessed in our lifetime. But together, we have also experienced resiliency, humility, a newfound gratitude for connection, and a heightened awareness of the importance of a home for health and well-being. As we reflect on […]

The Unique Experience of a Woman without a Home

This International Women’s Day, #ChooseToChallenge the gender inequity arising in the experience of homelessness. Women face unique challenges when they do not have a home. Read on to learn more – and consider supporting some of the women-serving organizations in Calgary listed below. FACT: Women are less likely to be recognized in homelessness data[1] According […]

Calgary Homeless Foundation, CUPS and Catholic Family Service launch a new Rapid Care Counselling pilot to connect Calgarians experiencing homelessness with mental health supports

Calgary’s homeless-serving sector is launching another innovative partnership that will pair participants in the Homeless-Serving System of Care with mental health supports when they need it most.   There are currently 621 individuals, families and youth experiencing homelessness who are awaiting housing on Calgary’s triage list. Of these individuals, 78.4 per cent have identified mental health challenges or concerns.  To support these individuals, Calgary Homeless Foundation, CUPS, and […]

Isolation, Physical Distancing and Next Steps Regarding Homelessness: A Scan of 12 Canadian Cities

Guest Blog By: Nick Falvo, PhD During the COVID-19 pandemic, officials in Canada’s major cities have partnered with health officials and others to create more physical distancing for persons experiencing homelessness. In a recent report (available here) I provide an overview of what this has looked like in the following cities: Toronto; Montreal; Vancouver; Calgary; […]