Calgary Emergency Cold Weather Winter Response – UPDATE
February 11, 2022

Calgary Homeless Foundation, in collaboration with the City of Calgary, Government of Alberta, United Way, shelter agencies, community organizations, and outreach teams are implementing several measures as part of the Coordinated Community Winter Response. CHF has engaged in conversations with community partners to inform immediate actions, such as those listed below. We are also committed to ongoing collaboration with community partners to develop long-term responses to better serve those experiencing homelessness.

Below are the week’s additional updates on the goals of the Coordinated Community Winter response:

Create more warm spaces

This week’s update:

  • Warming centres have collectively served 551 individuals this week.
  • Shelter usage has remained steady, and warm spaces continue to be available for those who need them.

Provide basic winter safety essentials

This week’s update:

  • The Outreach Basic Needs Distribution Centre fulfilled orders for eight outreach teams worth a total of $52,778 this week, including food and water, winter clothing, tents, hygiene items, PPE, and harm reduction supplies.
  • Five outreach teams voluntarily reported their work this week, with a combined total of 103 hours of outreach work in the community, 1149 interactions supporting individuals, 72 direct service referrals and ten transports to shelter or services.

Support community efforts to reduce barriers to accessing shelter

This week’s update:

  • Alpha House DOAP Main team completed 376 transports. Of those transports, referrals they completed were:   27 from Calgary Police Service, 10 from Emergency Medical Service, 29 from Bylaw/Transit, 7 from Calgary Fire Department and 34 calls from concerned citizens.