January 27, 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.

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 20 to January 26, there were:
    1. 401 unique individuals accessing The Mustard Seed’s Warming Centre
    2. 134 unique individuals accessing the DI Bridge programming
    3. 30 unique youth accessing the Woods Home Centre
  • The Salvation Army successfully opened their Housing Support Centre in Forest Lawn
  • The first Community of Learning session was held between the warming centres to discuss learnings, trends and opportunities for improvement.
  • Shelter usage has remained steady, with continued warm spaces available for those who need them.

Provide basic winter safety essentials

This week’s update:

  • A weekly survey to 23 outreach teams was launched last week. Questions include: number of interactions, number of direct connections to service providers, number of transports, standout information/trends for the week and feedback on outreach basic needs distribution centre. Six outreach teams voluntarily reported their work this week. The six teams completed a combined total of 199 hours of outreach work in the community, 1090 interactions supporting individuals and 359 referrals/connections to services.
  • The Outreach Basic Needs Distribution Centre fulfilled orders for 8 unique outreach teams. The average cost per order for the first two weeks of operation was $5,846.24, and 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:

  • The DOAP Main team completed 413 transports. Of those transports, referrals they completed were: 29 from CPS, 16 from EMS, 39 from Bylaw/Transit, 4 CFD, and 28 calls from concerned citizens.