We have the will to end homelessness, and with all stakeholders—government, agencies, and the public—we have the means.
Our greatest impact and success will continue to happen when we collaborate. When all levels of government, public sector services, and agencies pool expertise and resources to pull together, and the public shares our vision, nothing is impossible.
We know it works because, together, we have had enormous impact over the last 7 years. As Calgary has grown, homelessness has slowed, thousands have been housed, funding has increased, and the system has improved.
All because we set a bold goal, and worked together to achieve it. In the final push – the home stretch –we will end homelessness. Together.
Ending homelessness by 2018 means achieving the following:
Since 2008, we have achieved so much:
We have slowed the growth in homelessness despite an increasing population. A remarkable feat given that our population grew by more than 217,000 people from 2009 – 2013.
Close to 6,000 people have been housed and our capacity to assist has resulted in more than 2,000 new spaces operated by 56 programs.
Unprecedented levels of support and leadership from our provincial partners has boosted housing opportunities. Almost $45 million in annual program funding, as well as Capital grants to create over 2,700 more affordable housing units have also been committed, with over 50% of these units already on stream.
The Government of Canada has prioritized investment in Housing First to address chronic and episodic homelessness over the next 5 years. This reinforces Calgary’s ongoing success and allows for predictable funding of approximately $5 million annually.
Calgary’s RESOLVE campaign is a collaboration among nine partners, raising $120 million from the private sector to build affordable and supported housing for 3,000 vulnerable and homeless Calgarians. Landlords provided many of the 3,000 service participants housed with a home in Calgary’s rental market.
30 agencies and 90 programs are now sharing data on a common information system (HMIS) regarded as one of the best of its kind internationally. Agencies use common intake processes and metrics to benchmark service impact and quality to improve service participant outcomes and community impact.
The homeless serving community is working together in countless ways to end homelessness, including the creation of this plan. Broad community and homeless-serving consultations resulted in over 800 comments and recommendations being contributed.