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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!
Moving a person from homelessness to housing with support provides stability. From that place, each person has the opportunity to make changes to improve the quality of their life. Those changes are often felt in ways the individual and the community at large never imagined.
Moving house can be a stressful. Moving from a homeless shelter to a home can be even more daunting if you don’t own any furniture to fill your home. Thanks to an incredible donation from Statoil, people moving from shelter into apartments were given gently used, almost new furniture. Statoil generously offered the Calgary Homeless Foundation furniture used by expats in Calgary. With a list of soon-to-be-occupied apartments on hand, the furniture was delivered by Statoil’s movers to delighted tenants and agencies throughout the city.
Like thousands of Calgarians, June is yard clean up month at the CHF. This year, volunteers pitched in to help spruce-up five different properties: Claire Apartments, Longbow, Thorncliffe, Acadia and Bankview. Over 2 – 6 hours our teams of residents and community volunteers clipped and mowed, swept and planted and in general, made the world a whole lot prettier!
Spring has sprung and like homeowners throughout the City, CHF is digging into the earth, raking up debris and sprucing up its properties – all with the help of volunteers.