Client Action Committee (CAC) – connecting individuals experiencing homelessness with the information and services they need to have their voices heard this election.
On April 16, 2019 Albertans will take to the polls for the Provincial Election, to select a party and candidate that best aligns with their opinions, values and desired future direction of our province.
In the past, Albertans experiencing homelessness have faced many barriers when it comes to carrying out their civic duty and having their voices heard. In consultations with Calgary Homeless Foundation’s CAC, and in discussions with individuals accessing shelters within our city, it became clear that those who are experiencing homelessness face barriers to voting such as:
- Voting requires a form of Identification. Many individuals who are experiencing homelessness do not have ID, and that lack of identification has prevented many from voting (a current list of acceptable identification can be found HERE);
- Voting requires a fixed address. Not having a fixed-address has an impact on trying to determine a proper electoral district and voting station;
- Voting requires knowledge and awareness. A lack of connection and awareness of the parties and candidates, their platforms, and how governmental policies and platforms will impact issues that are of relevance and importance.
With close to 3,000 Calgarians currently experiencing homelessness, it makes sense to eliminate the barriers that stand in the way of their ability to engage in the electoral process.
For the third time, a polling station will be available on-site at the Calgary-Drop in and Rehab Centre on April 16th from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., to help connect individuals experiencing homelessness in our city with the resources they need to vote.
As long as you’re:
- A Canadian citizen;
- 18 years of age or older; and
- Ordinarily an Alberta resident.
Then you can vote.
- If you don’t have ID: Shelter staff will provide a Mobile Polling Form that will be used as proof of identity for the election.
- If you don’t have a fixed address: you can still vote at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre on April 16th from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- If you require more knowledge and awareness:
- An I Heart Home voter’s toolkit booklet and informational posters will be distributed to individuals who need more information.
- A voter page has been created at https://www.ihearthomeyyc.com/i-heart-home-votes/ to provide online access to the information and resources provided in the informational booklet.
- Individuals who connect to services at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre will be provided with opportunities to take part in meet-and-greets with Calgary-Buffalo candidates.
- Client Action Committee members will be on-site to connect the individuals who would like to vote with the appropriate information and resources they need.
Every person has the ability to advocate for change. Have your voice heard by voting this election.
The I Heart Home Vote page also provides information and resources for the 2019 Alberta election: https://www.ihearthomeyyc.com/i-heart-home-votes/
On this page you’ll find the following information:
- Why you should vote;
- Finding your polling station (if you have a fixed address)
- A link to Vote Compass to determine how your views align with those of Alberta’s political parties: https://votecompass.cbc.ca/alberta/
- A list of Calgary-Buffalo candidates: https://www.elections.ab.ca/current-election-information/candidates/
- And, instructions on how you can engage in voting, even if you don’t have identification or a fixed address.
** IHeart Home is proudly non-partisan. These materials, links, and activities are not intended to endorse or oppose any specific candidates or political parties. **