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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.
On April 3rd, Andrea Ransom, VP Communications and Fund Development visited Miss Tamblyn's Grade 4/5 class at W.O. Mitchell School and provided the students insight into Calgary's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. She was invited to come and talk to the class as part of their investigations into homelessness in our city.
During 2012 the Calgary Police Service noticed a significant increase in calls for service to two buildings owned by CHF and operated by CUPS. Police members were being called to the apartment building several times in one day and even repeatedly to the same unit. Communications began between the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF), CUPS and the CPS.
There is an ancient Japanese legend that promises a wish will be granted to anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes. And, while the over 3,000 Calgarians who are currently experiencing homelessness in our city may not have the paper to fold a thousand origami cranes, their wish of ending homelessness could come true if the RESOLVE: Make it Possible, fundraising campaign has its way.
When I was hired by the Calgary Homeless Foundation in 2009, I soon realized one of my major challenges was to take over managing a major event known as PHC (Project Homeless Connect). It meant coordinating over 40 homeless serving agencies, organizing a caterer to serve 1000 meals in two hours, finding professionals who would cut hair on a Saturday, locating and transporting several thousand pieces of donated clothing, purchasing several hundred toiletry items to give away, to recruit, assign job descriptions and orient approximately 100 volunteers and then to lay out a floor plan for an exhibition pipe and drape, table and chair company so all these elements would fit and flow smoothly together. And to be in and out of the event venue in a 24 hour period.
Days into the start of my role as Vice President of Social Enterprise, the CHF held its Project Homeless Connect event, where people struggling with homelessness can get a meal, haircut and a range of other services. It was a Saturday so I took my 12 year old daughter, Lauren, with me. We were cheerfully greeted at the entrance by a volunteer who gave us tickets for lunch and a map where we could find other services. Lauren whispered to me, "Dad, she thinks we are homeless." As we walked around chatting with people it was clear to both of us that you don’t always know who is struggling.
The CHF hosted an All Faiths Breakfast on Tuesday, October 11, as part of the 15th Annual Homeless Awareness Week, in order to raise awareness and garner support among different faith leaders for ending homelessness in Calgary. Key speakers such as Tom Jackson (homeless advocate and actor/singer), Bishop Fred Henry, Tim Hearn (immediate past chair of CHF), and Mayor Naheed Nenshi, encouraged guests to initiate ways their faith communities could help end homelessness in Calgary.