Homelessness is a complex social issue that is attributable to 3 main factors:
- Economy (unemployment)
- Government policies (affordable housing, income supports, social supports)
- System response (health, justice, social services)
For individuals and families, homelessness can be experienced as a one-time event, an episodic infrequently recurring event or as a long-term debilitating life-event that continues to impact their lives over months and years. Its presence is influenced by many variables. Part of our role is keep our finger on the pulse of homelessness in Calgary, and through research, media monitoring and liaising with the homeless serving sector, we have become the most relevant and comprehensive source of information on homelessness in Calgary.
You’ll find considerable resources on homelessness in this section: