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Calgary Emergency Cold Weather Winter Response – UPDATE
March 4, 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 643 individuals this week, with 43% of  Wood’s Homes clients were new to the centre.  Five individuals who were previously sleeping rough agreed to spend the night in shelter (The Alex) and were provided transportation to get there.

Provide basic winter safety essentials

This week’s update:

  • The Outreach Basic Needs Distribution Centre fulfilled orders for five outreach teams worth a total of $23, 385.74 this week, including food and water, winter clothing, hygiene items, PPE, and harm reduction supplies.
  • Three outreach teams voluntarily reported their work this week, with a combined total of more than 60 hours of outreach work in the community, 722 interactions supporting individuals, 18 direct service referrals and nine transports to shelter or services.
  • The Mustard Seed’s Outreach expansion had 90 contacts, handed out 192 basic need items and completed 8 transports.

Support community efforts to reduce barriers to accessing shelter

This week’s update:

  • Alpha House DOAP Main team completed 420 transports. Of those transports, referrals they completed were: 21 from Calgary Police Service, 10 from Emergency Medical Service, 24 from Bylaw/Transit,  three from Calgary Fire Department and 26 calls from concerned citizens.