January 20, 2022

Calgary Homeless Foundation, in collaboration with the City of Calgary, Government of Alberta, 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 serve better those experiencing homelessness.

This week the United Way of Calgary and Area has made an additional investment of $100,000 to be leveraged to support this initiative.

The City of Calgary also released a funding opportunity that outreach groups may be able to apply for. Click here to learn more about the call for proposals for the Ambassadors Program.

Below are the week’s additional updates on the goals of the Coordinated Community Winter response:

Create more warm spaces

This week’s update:

  • From January 13 to January 19, there were:
    • 423 unique visits to The Mustard Seed’s Warming Centre
    • 73 unique individuals accessing the DI Bridge programming
    • 6 new youth using the Woods Home Centre, with an additional 45 youth connected via outreach
  • Shelter usage has remained steady, with continued warm spaces available for those who need them.
  • The Salvation Army Community Support Services in Forest Lawn will be launching a Housing and Resource Centre where any individual can access a warm short-term space to find relief from the cold as well as obtain housing and resourcing support.

Provide basic winter safety essentials

This week’s update:

  • During its first 4 days of operation, from January 12 to 15, the Outreach Basic Needs Distribution Centre fulfilled orders for 6 unique outreach teams. The orders, which totalled over $26,500, included food and water, winter clothing, tents, hygiene items, PPE, and harm reduction supplies.

Support community efforts to reduce barriers to shelter access

This week’s update:

  • From January 10th to January 17th  the DOAP Teams (including Beltline, Downtown, Encampment and Transit) completed 369 transports. They connected with 435 unique individuals.
  • Click here to read the briefing provided to Calgary City Council earlier this week, summarizing the spent items and successes thus far.