Calgary Emergency Cold Weather Winter Response – UPDATE
March 18, 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 687 individuals this week. Tuesday and Wednesday were busier due to colder weather.

Provide basic winter safety essentials

This week’s update:

  • The Outreach Basic Needs Distribution Centre fulfilled orders for six outreach teams worth a total of $30,228.51 this week, including food and water, winter clothing, hygiene items, PPE, and harm reduction supplies.
  • Overall, 17 different outreach teams have accessed the Outreach Basic Needs Distribution with a total of 52 orders. Average cost per order is $5,856.00. 

Support community efforts to reduce barriers to accessing shelter

This week’s update:

  • Mustard Seed Outreach expansion had 51 contacts, gave out 75 basic need items and completed 9 transports.  
  • Alpha House DOAP Main team completed 465 transports. Of those transports, referrals they completed were: 21 from CPS, 10 from EMS, 24 from Bylaw/Transit, 3 from Calgary Fire and 26 calls from concerned citizens. 
  • CHF is offering two sessions of Suicide Assessment and Intervention training in March to outreach teams. The first session this week has 23 registrants.