FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2022
$2.3M to support extreme weather response for the homeless
Calgary, Alberta – Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) is pleased to receive $2.3M over four years from the Community Safety Investment Framework (CSIF) fund from the City of Calgary to continue to coordinate with shelters, social agencies and outreach organizations programs and services that support individuals experiencing homelessness during extreme weather conditions.
In the winter of 2021-22, with City and United Way funding, as part of the Coordinated Community Winter Response (CCWR), CHF worked with shelters, social agencies and outreach organizations to create more warm spaces, provide basic winter essentials; and support community efforts to reduce barriers to shelter access for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Effects revolving around weather relief continued during the summer months as a need for services arose.
This new funding will build on the learnings and successes of the CCWR to create a year-round response in support of vulnerable Calgarians faced with extreme weather conditions.
“We are pleased that the City of Calgary has decided to continue supporting this critical initiative. This new funding clearly indicates the City’s commitment to work with community organizations like us to tackle the complex nature of homelessness,” says Patricia Jones, CEO Calgary Homeless Foundation.
CHF will work with our partners to formalize processes and procedures to ensure the effective use of resources and services in support of individuals experiencing homelessness during extreme weather conditions. The Extreme Weather Response (EWR) aims to create a response that reacts and focuses on the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness during extreme weather conditions.
The program aligns with the CSIF pillars – Strengthening existing crisis supports and Transforming crisis response which supports Calgary Mental Health & Addiction Strategy’s Getting Help and Staying Safe themes.
INTERVIEWS: Please contact Nikki Jamieson at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an interview with Patricia Jones, President and CEO, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Calgary Homeless Foundation guides the fight against homelessness in Calgary. We allocate resources for highest impact and outcomes, maximizing benefits for people experiencing homelessness. With our database and research, we build knowledge and understanding, and we galvanize public and political will so people have the right housing at the right time. In partnership with governments and community, we serve as the trusted advisor on how to leverage our combined resources so Calgarians can journey out of homelessness into a home with the supports they need to thrive.
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