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The 10 Year Plan is Working!
We are pleased to report the 2012 homeless count shows an 11.4% decrease in the number of people experiencing homelessness since 2008. Thanks to the hard work of front-line agencies, as well as government and donor support, we've been able to stop the growth of homelessness for the first time in 20 years.
Yet a number of challenges remain. With more people continuing to move to Calgary for work, there is a lack of affordable housing. In fact, a recent study by the University of Calgary indicates that 63% of shelter users in Alberta are in Calgary. Meanwhile, the number of rental units in Calgary has declined every year for the past seven years.
Migration is also impacting family homelessness, especially within Aboriginal and immigrant communities. There is a lack of affordable housing for families who require two- or three-bedroom units. These trends mean CHF must develop regional partnerships, especially with nearby Aboriginal communities, and engage with government in regional planning.
Arthur R. Smith Awards
Three $2,000 awards available, but time is running out! Nomination deadline: March 1
The Aruthur R. Smith Awards were created in the name of the CHF's founder to recognize an honour front-line staff and volunteers. Three $2,000 awards will be given out at a luncheon on April 12. The nomination deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. Nominate a front-line staff person, volunteer or team today!
Help Us Win $10,000!
In celebration of the grand opening of three new showhomes in Auburn Bay, Brookfield Homes has chosen to partner with three charities, including us, to create the ultimate Showhome Charity Challenge. Please vote for our showhome (the Belvedere) online or in person at the showhome. VOTE
Blog: Finding Calgary's Rough Sleepers
Scott Corner, a Communications Student with CHF, volunteered with the homeless count on January 18. He shares his story, along with video of Tim Richter's experience, in this month's blog post.
Something to Say: Mpact Dance, April 4 - 7
"Something to Say" will be performed by the pre-professional hip-hop company Mpact. The show seeks to describe how whether rich or poor, we are all alike. The proceeds will benefit a number of charities in Calgary, including CHF. The show will be at the Vertigo Theatre, April 4-7 at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets through vertigotheatre.com or by calling 403.221.3708.
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