Calgary's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness (Plan) was first published in January 2008, and was updated to reflect new learnings in January 2011.
What's included in the Plan?
Commitment to end homelessness by 2018
- Twelve guiding principles, a Housing First approach, and milestones to achieve
- A plan to build a system of care focused on ending homelessness
- Attention to the unique needs of vulnerable subpopulations, including youth, women, families and Aboriginal Peoples, as well as the chronically and frequently homeless
- Emphasis on prevention and reform of public systems that contribute to homelessness
- A housing strategy that concentrates limited resources on those in greatest need
- The beginning of a process to transition to community leadership and planning for long-term sustainability
Calgary's Plan to End Youth Homelessness
Read the Plan to End Youth Homelessness (PDF).
On the journey to end homelessness in Calgary, it became clear that young people (under the age of 24) require a plan tailored to their unique needs. This is the first city-wide plan of its kind in Canada, and was launched in August 2011.
The Youth Plan includes three strategies:
- Build a coordinated system to prevent and end youth homelessness in Calgary
- Develop an adequate number of housing units and supportive homes dedicated to youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness
- Improve data and systems knowledge and influence public policy
The ASCHH Plan to End Aboriginal Homelessness
We congratulate the Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness (ASCHH) on the launch of their Plan to End Aboriginal Homelessness in Calgary.
In Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, two key issues are identified relative to Aboriginal people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
- Aboriginal people are over-represented among Calgary’s homeless population. It is estimated that while Aboriginal people represent 2 to 3% of Calgary’s population, in an August 2012 point in time count they were 21% of the city’s homeless population.
- Aboriginal people take unique paths into homelessness and as a result require unique strategies to prevent homelessness for those at risk and unique housing and support programs for those experiencing homelessness.
Moving forward, the CHF will collaborate with ASCCH to:
- engage in research on issues and solutions specific to Aboriginal people at risk of or experiencing homelessness,
- ensure Aboriginal representation on the Homeless Management Information System advisory committee,
- support appropriate policy development related to Aboriginal homelessness,
- provide Aboriginal awareness training for our community of service providers,
- seek Aboriginal input into housing and support programs so they are meaningful and relevant, and
- specifically target resources for Aboriginal housing and programs.
The CHF considers the ASCHH an important partner and we will continue to work together to end Aboriginal homelessness in Calgary. Learn more about the Aboriginal Plan at www.aschh.ca.