I Heart Home
In 2008 Calgary started on a bold path to end homelessness in 10 years. Enormous progress has been made, many milestones achieved, and there is still work to do.
To achieve our goal of ending homelessness, we update Calgary’s Plan when it is necessary to adapt to changing conditions and refocused priorities. Calgary’s Plan has evolved from previous iterations in 2008, 2011 and 2015 in the following key areas:
1. Collective Impact – Leadership, implementation and governance of Calgary’s Plan is evolving and becoming a collab¬orative effort, rather than relying on a single organization. Implementation takes a community development approach where stakeholders are asked to identify where their contributions are helping to reach the plan’s goals, rather than prescribed actions.
2. Data is the voice of the client – Calgary’s Plan is built on data gathered from service participants through agency partners. It presents a person-centered approach that recognizes emergency shelters and short-term supportive housing as essential parts of the homeless-serving system, putting people first rather than a particular program type. CHF’s Client Action Committee meets regularly to identify and advise on specific actions and programs to ensure they are responsive to cultural needs and the unique needs of those being served.
3. Sustained success – Calgary’s Plan looks beyond 2018 to provide a roadmap for a sustained end to homelessness long-term.
We have the will to end homelessness, and with all stakeholders —government, agencies and the public—we have the means.
Calgary’s Updated Plan to End Homelessness: People First in Housing First can be found at: I Heart Home. The updated plan takes us to 2018 and beyond.
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