I would like to acknowledge the great leadership shown by the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) on the Quality Inn property on Edmonton Trail N.E. After working closely with Ward 4 community and business associations on the principle of housing I can say first hand that this type of statement is well received. Time and again the CHF, and other Ward 4 housing first agencies like Keys to Recovery, have demonstrated that they place the needs of those they support and the community above their own.
There is no denying the need for affordable housing in this city. However, long gone are the days where we can afford to build programs because they are easier to implement and generate the highest revenue per service. Given the complex nature of issues like homelessness we must ensure our programs are designed from research and best practices. We must roll up our sleeves, put in the effort, and make sure we are meeting the long term needs of those we support. As well, we must ensure service agencies are listening to, and working collaboratively with, community stakeholders. Going this extra mile is the only way that will allow us to make lasting change.
Again, in the spirit of collaborative programming that supports both the client and community, I thank the Calgary Homeless Foundation for speaking out on the proposed Quality Inn development plan. I encourage residents of Ward 4 to read their stance and contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions.
Please find a link to the full Calgary Herald Article below:
Controversial affordable housing project faces new opposition
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