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10 Year Plan

The 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Calgary (10 Year Plan) was created in 2008 by a multi-stakeholder leadership group. The model of a 10 Year Plan came from the United States. Calgary was the first city in Canada to have a 10 Year Plan. There are now many cities in Canada implementing Plans.

The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) oversees implementation of the 10 Year Plan along with agencies, businesses, governments, the faith community, donors and all Calgarians. The goal is to develop a more effective homeless-serving system that will end homelessness.

There are two premises on which 10 Year Plans are founded.

Housing First sees a person quickly move into appropriate housing where they can work on the issues that led to their homelessness. 

For many people it costs less to provide them with appropriate housing and support compared with them accessing emergency shelters and public systems (hospitals, jails, police, ambulances). Housing First Saves Money! 

During the first six years of the 10 Year Plan, solid progress has been made, including

Transparency is important, so we publish our annual goals and report back on our progress

The 10 Year Plan is updated to reflect what has been learned.

We want to end homelessness, not just manage it.