The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) who together with Face it Calgary partners commissioned an Ipsos Reid survey earlier this year, take heart from the survey that focused on understanding Calgarians views on homelessness in the city. A similar poll in 2011 found that homelessness ranked fifth on a list of social concerns, while in 2013 it had risen to the third most important social issue facing Calgarians. Based on responses from a cross-section of 600 Calgarians, two-thirds of the respondents believe more should be done now to end homelessness. The survey also revealed that a lack of affordable housing is considered the leading contributor to homelessness with one in three Calgarians believing that affordable housing is the thing most needed to end it. For CHF and its partners, raising awareness around homelessness and the efforts being taken to end it has also resulted in a softening of ‘not in my backyard’ attitudes with fewer people stating they are against secondary suites, programs and low-income housing in their neighbourhoods. Good news for everyone!
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