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Newsletter December 2014

The street is no place to call home!
Donate to help the homeless this holiday season!

The Calgary Homeless Foundation oversees implementation of Calgary's Plan to End Homelessness 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. We fund close to 30 agencies and over 50 programs as well as oversee Calgary’s Homeless Management Information System and Coordinated Access and Assessment.

Everyone deserves a place to call home which is safe, affordable, secure and appropriate. Please help make this a reality for everyone!

Calgary Homeless Foundation Annual Fundraiser - Thank You!


The Calgary Homeless Foundation's annual fundraiser was a huge success this year, raising over $150,000! Hosted by the energetic Bearcat Murray and featuring Premier Jim Prentice, the annual fundraiser was held at Flames Central and hosted over 300 guests on the evening of October 23. Read more here.

Point-In-Time Count Results Released!

Calgary's Plan works amid escalating pressures of in-migration and lack of affordable housing! This is one of the key observations from the preliminary results of Alberta's first ever province wide Point-In Time Count of Homelessness which found 6,600 individuals experiencing homelessness in the province. This represents a 16% reduction in homelessness since the provincial tally of homelessness from counts held at different times of the year in 2008 in Calgary, Edmonton, Grand Prairie, The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Lethbridge. In 2008, Medicine Hat and Red Deer did not conduct counts. As in previous years, Calgary's count was funded by Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP through a donation to the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Staff, partner agencies and volunteers enumerated 3,531 on the night of the count as compared to 3,533 in January 2014. Based on the provincial count, Calgary accounts for 54% of the provincial homeless population, putting greater demand for service on the city than elsewhere in the province. Unique to Calgary is its high in-migration and lack of affordable housing. Combined, these two factors have put significant stress on all social systems such as health care, policing and transportation as well as the homeless-serving sector. According to the 2014 Civic Census, about 77 people migrated to Calgary every day. Read the preliminary report here.

Upcoming Community Partner Events!

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" Gala!


The first annual Black Tie “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Gala will be held on December 17 at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Sponsored by the Trotter & Morton Group of Companies, tickets can be purchased here. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, digital silent auction, best dressed awards, raffle items and live entertainment with Amy Thiessen. Also available for purchase at the event and online are Christmas Hampers for families in need. Learn more here.

Help the homeless this holiday with greengate Garden Centres!


Support your local community businesses that are supporting Calgarians who are less fortunate! Join greengate Garden Centres, Nicastro’s Public House and Panorama Mountain Village Resort until December 14 to support the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Visit greengate Garden Centres to drop off Calgary Transit bus tickets, new or gently used winter wear, grocery gift cards and family activity passes (Calgary Zoo, movie etc.) While you shop, enjoy some world famous homemade sausage and other goodies compliments of Nicastro’s Public House. Make sure you enter to win a family ski weekend pass at Panorama Mountain Village! All donations and a portion of proceeds from all sales during “Help the Homeless this Holiday” will go to the Calgary Homeless Foundation and our affiliates. Support your community, shop greengate! Learn more here

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