The past year has been a busy one for the Calgary Homeless Foundation. The January 2012 “point-in-time” count showed the first reduction in homelessness in 20 years, and another count done in August 2012 showed a further decline. Since the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness began in January 2008, more than 4000 men, women, and children have received housing and support.
The Calgary Homeless Foundation has also become a strong community leader, funding more than 40 different programs. They implemented Canada’s first Homeless Management Information System, began building a more coordinated homeless-serving system, created Canada’s first Plan to End Youth Homelessness, and will soon have Canada’s first Plan to End Aboriginal Homelessness.
Recently, the 10 Year Plan reached its halfway point. We are now less than 5 years from reaching the goal to end homelessness and there is much work yet to be done.
The City of Calgary values its relationship with the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the many partner agencies involved in the 10 Year Plan. The progress made in the past 5 years is remarkable and we look forward to furthering the work to end homelessness in the next 5 years.
If you would like to get involved and help the CHF reach their goal, have a look at the Get Involved webpage. From there, you can learn more, volunteer, or donate. You don’t have to be Bon Jovi to donate, any amount helps!
(Our article about the 2011 successes of the CHF can be found here.)
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