Blog

CHF has 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.

Ten things to know about the newly-signed federal-provincial-territorial housing framework agreement

Posted April 12th, 2018

By Nick Falvo, PhD Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation A federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) framework agreement on housing was signed on April 10 in Toronto. It supports the Trudeau government’s National Housing Strategy, which was released last fall. Here are 10 things to know about the just-signed agreement: Though / Read More

Five Things to Know About the 2018 Alberta Budget

Posted March 23rd, 2018

 By Nick Falvo, PhD Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Alberta’s 2018 budget was tabled on March 22, 2018. The official name of this year’s budget is Budget 2018: A recovery built to last. Here are five things to know: This was largely a status quo budget. Total / Read More

Homelessness and Employment: The Case of Calgary

Posted March 16th, 2018

By Nick Falvo, PhD Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. On March 8, I gave a guest presentation to students in Professor Naomi Lightman’s Sociology of Work class at the University of Calgary. I was joined by Alexander Kulakov and Amit Nade, employment coaches at the Mustard Seed. / Read More

Five Things to Know About the 2018 Federal Budget

Posted February 27th, 2018

By Nick Falvo, PhD Today’s federal budget, while not as transformative as last year’s, had important new initiatives related to housing and homelessness. Here are five things to know: New housing investments were announced for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Specifically, today’s budget announced $600 million over three years for on-reserve housing; $400 million over / Read More

Our Initial Reflections on the National Housing Strategy

Posted November 23rd, 2017

CHF weighs in on the federal government’s newly unveiled national housing strategy Yesterday, on National Housing Day, the federal government is unveiled its new National Housing Strategy with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Toronto, and Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos making his announcement in Vancouver, BC. Dubbed “Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy”, this “$40 billion / Read More

Client Action Committee Dedicated to Reducing Barriers in Voting for People Experiencing Homelessness

Posted November 10th, 2017

Client Action Committee Dedicated to Reducing Barriers in Voting for People Experiencing Homelessness – By Michael Grant During the 2017 Calgary Municipal Election, the Client Action Committee was involved in making sure that people with the lived experience of homelessness had their voices heard. During their weekly meetings, they developed multiple strategies to make sure that / Read More

A Home and a Voice for Everyone

Posted October 13th, 2017

By Emily Bedford Like housing, a voice in policy is a human right that needs to be fought for. Like housing, just because it’s a right doesn’t mean it’s always accessible. Our electoral process is a representation of the society in which we live, and if certain groups cannot be informed or participate in election / Read More

YYC Mayoral Front-Runners on Affordable Housing

Posted October 13th, 2017

Use your vote to advocate for those experiencing homelessness by checking out the positions of the mayoral and councillor candidates on affordable housing, income, harm reduction and mental health issues. We’ve compiled a few of them from below, taken from campaign websites or requests for comment.

The Positive Downward Trend – Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness

Posted September 21st, 2017

By: Joel Sinclair Significant advances in the battle against homelessness are being won. Since 2008, and the implementation of Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness, the average number of nightly stays by single adults in Calgary emergency shelters has fallen by 40%. A Noted Downward Trend Analysis published today by the University of Calgary’s School of / Read More

LGBTQ2S+ Youth Homelessness

Posted August 31st, 2017

By: Shane Rempel, Lisa Gareau, Ange Neil and Alicia Kalmanovitch Pride celebrations around the world give us an opportunity to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, and Two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+) culture, as well as make a statement about the need for continued work in building equality for gender and sexually diverse groups in our / Read More