Through our research, we build knowledge and understanding so everyone can join in the fight against homelessness.
Our research papers explore a wide range of topics, including what drives people into homelessness and how Canadian cities have continued serving people without homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read on for a deep dive into our applied research, which tests programs in real time, and explore how our academic research influences policy.
2021 Administrative Count Findings: Calgary Data Report
The 2021 Administrative Count enumerates the number of people experiencing homelessness in Calgary. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this count focuses on individuals and families residing in shelters and transitional housing facilities, as well as hospitals, prisons, and hotels and motels sponsored by social services.
Innovation in Homelessness System Planning: A Scan of 13 Cities
This report examines the major developments in homelessness planning across 13 major Canadian cities during the economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021.
Understanding the Flow of Urban Indigenous Homelessness
This study represents the first in a series of applied research papers funded by Jenny Belzberg and the Belzberg Family. In the study, researchers explore the factors contributing to the movement of people from Treaty 7 First Nations into Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care.
Evaluation of Diversion Services Pilot Programs in Calgary
From January to July 2020, Calgary Homeless Foundation funded a shelter diversion pilot to help people find immediate housing and avoid staying in shelters. This study evaluates the pilot, and explores the impact and appropriateness of diversion programs for Calgary.
Study on Rapid Re-housing Program Models: Project Summary Report
Rapid re-housing is an approach that helps people leave homelessness quickly. This 2020 study explores different rapid re-housing models to understand where Calgary Homeless Foundation fits within the continuum of housing supports in the city, and how this approach can aid the fight against homelessness.
Exiting Homelessness in Calgary
This 2020 study presents findings about the experiences of exiting homelessness, increasing understanding of the resources, connections, services, and attitudes that can ultimately support success in leaving homelessness.
Homeless Charter of Rights
The Homeless Charter of Rights is the first of its kind in Canada. It aims to prevent discrimination by outlining the rights of people experiencing homelessness.
Housing First and its Impediments
This 2017 study examines how the retrenchment of social policy over the last three decades is impeding the effectiveness of Housing First programs in Canada.
Isolation, Physical Distancing and Next Steps Regarding Homelessness
In this 2020 report, former Calgary Homeless Foundation director of research, Nick Falvo, explores how homelessness officials in Canada’s major cities responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.