Blog

CHF has a two blogs to keep the community informed about our programs to end homelessness. This blog, and our research blog that focuses specifically on the research projects that CHF and our partners engage in.

By staying informed and understanding the impacts homelessness has on people, communities and our city, as well as the progress we are making, everyone can understand the part they need to play to end homelessness.

Aurora on the Park

Posted December 8th, 2016

On November 24, 2016, StreetSide Developments: A Qualico company, alongside the RESOLVE Campaign, HomeSpace Society, the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Alpha House, hosted the grand opening of Aurora on the Park. This 25 unit, fully accessible building was constructed specifically to support vulnerable Calgarians experiencing homelessness. Named after the Aurora glow that symbolizes the dawn / Read More

Watch This!

Awhile ago, we developed a short video about ending homelessness. Our purpose was very clear — we wanted to inspire, motivate and engage community to think about homelessness not as the story of an individual who has made ‘bad’ choices, but as a societal issue that we have the capacity and power to change — when we work / Read More

Homelessness Count Drops. Calgary still epicentre in Province.

Posted November 29th, 2016

Provincial count drops 31% since 2008 in 2nd 7 cities Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness In the second biennual province-wide Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness (Count), the number of people in Alberta staying in emergency shelters, short term supportive housing and hotels used as emergency shelters as well as correctional facilities was 5373, down 19% from the / Read More

If you had the power to end homelessness, would you?

Posted November 29th, 2016

This year’s Giving Tuesday has kicked off an exciting new development towards ending homelessness in Calgary. Sponsor Energy, an energy retailer that sells electricity and natural gas to socially conscious consumers in Alberta, has the means to turn an ordinary, everyday purchase of electricity and gas into a tool to change the world and they’re / Read More

Ten things to know about Canada’s guaranteed annual income debate

By:  Nick Falvo, Ph.D., Director, Research and Data, CHF   The possibility of implementing a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) is currently one of the hottest topics in Canadian social policy.  It gained momentum earlier this year when the Ontario government announced it would undertake a pilot study of the GAI.  And in June, the Ontario / Read More

Our Position On the National Housing Strategy

Posted September 7th, 2016

  The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) supports a National Housing Strategy and is grateful for the opportunity to provide input. We strongly believe that for the Strategy to be an effective tool to further the vision of ending homelessness, it needs to provide specific measures to address the specialized needs for housing with supports for / Read More

Canada’s National Housing Strategy Consultations

Posted September 7th, 2016

  By Nick Falvo, Ph.D, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation Canada’s federal government has begun national consultations on the development of a “national housing strategy.” The government is expected to release a report on November 22, which is also National Housing Day.  The consultation web site is called “Let’s Talk Housing.” It includes / Read More

Federal income support for seniors can help end homelessness

Posted September 1st, 2016

  By Nick Falvo, Ph.D, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation  A recent news article serves as a reminder of the crucial role that can be played by the federal government in ending homelessness.  The article in question discusses a scenario in which a Calgary man who’d been living for five years at the / Read More

Homeless encampments 101: The human cost

Bylaw Community Peace Officers Share Knowledge on Encampment Sites — Written by Madison Smith, CHF Project Coordinator The skies were clear the morning Bylaw Community Police Officers, Jody St. Pierre and Melanie Thomas graciously opened their vehicle doors for two “observers” to take a look into their daily encounters with homeless encampment sites and individuals who / Read More