Many losses in homelessness. Being human is not one of them.

Posted March 17th, 2014

Meaghan Bell and Nicole Jackson, work every week with the CHF Client Advisory Committee to ensure the critical client voice that measures the ‘on the street’ impact of the work we do has a place to be heard and acknowledged. Recently, Meaghan and Nicole invited the members of the Committee to give a noon-hour presentation / Read More

Art Smith Awards — Well earned recognition

Posted March 11th, 2014

For individuals working on the front-line of homelessness, recognition can be hard to come by. The successes are often private, while failures can often be public. Now more than ever, it has become increasingly important to tell the stories of these individuals. Not because they need it, but because they deserve it. On March 6th, / Read More

Adding the value of the lived experience

Posted March 3rd, 2014

I graduated with my Masters in Public Policy not long ago. Among the most basic tenets of making good policy – making any good kind of decision, really – is asking the people who that policy will affect for their thoughts and contributions. There are lots of ways our sector talks about this – meaningful / Read More

Proud to be Canadian

Posted February 24th, 2014

Last week while Canadians checked online to see Olympic medal standings, I checked the numbers on a different website – the amount being raised on the Coldest Night of the Year walk. This is the first year Calgary joined this walk – an all-age 2K, 5K or 10K walk held across the country to raise / Read More

No Hope in Homelessness

Posted February 5th, 2014

Six years ago, when Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness was launched in January 2008, I sat in a room with a few hundred other Calgarians and listened to the details and wondered, “Who are they kidding?” They’ll never end it. Not unless, of course, they end addictions and family violence and divorce and / Read More

Thank you Good-bye Graffitti!

Posted December 19th, 2013

We are delighted to present our first Thank you video to a supplier who makes sure we always looks good!

Christmas is About Community

Posted December 16th, 2013

(Written by:  Amanda St. Laurent, Program Manager, Community Development, CUPS) For those living at or below the poverty line, making ends meet is always a struggle.  Between rising rents, utility bills, food and other necessities, low income individuals and families often find themselves in a constant struggle to get by.  Many find themselves in the / Read More

10 Year Plan – Community Consultation

Posted November 6th, 2013

Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness was initially published in January 2008 and updated in January 2011. CHF is revisiting the 10 Year Plan to update it and to align goals and objectives with what we’ve learned since beginning the sometimes difficult but very important work of ending homelessness, We will be publishing an / Read More

Voices of Experience: Listening to client feedback

Posted November 6th, 2013

The client voice is a critical piece in the overall assessment of program performance in the homeless sector.  In addition, the client voice is essential in identifying needs and gaps in our system of care.  The client voice provides a reflection of the impact and effectiveness of social agency services as well as an important / Read More