Calgary Emergency Cold Weather Winter Response – UPDATE
February 24, 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 596 individuals this week, with significant increases in number of individuals using the Salvation Army warming centre (154% increase) and Wood’s Homes warming centre (125% increase).

Provide basic winter safety essentials

This week’s update:

  • The Outreach Basic Needs Distribution Centre fulfilled orders for seven outreach teams worth a total of $61,709 this week, including food and water, winter clothing, tents, hygiene items, PPE, and harm reduction supplies.
  • Three outreach teams voluntarily reported their work this week, with a combined total of 53 hours of outreach work in the community, 675 interactions supporting individuals, 26 direct service referrals and six transports to shelter or services.
  • The Mustard Seed’s Outreach team, Seed Reach, extended their weekday operating hours, ending at 11 p.m. each day instead of 4 p.m.

Support community efforts to reduce barriers to accessing shelter

This week’s update:

  • Alpha House DOAP Main team completed 386 transports. Of those transports, referrals they completed were: 38 from Calgary Police Service, six from Emergency Medical Service, 34 from Bylaw/Transit, and 31 calls from concerned citizens.