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Newsletter Spring 2014

Coldest Night of the Year brings added warmth to agencies! 
As part of a nation-wide Coldest Night of the Year walk, over 400 volunteers raised $125,000 for Feed the Hungry and KAIROS Calgary's fundraising initiative for Acadia Place.  Click HERE to read blog. 

Arthur R. Smith Awards honour Calgary’s front-line staff and volunteers

The winners in 2013 were: Harry and Irene Simmelink in the volunteer category; front-line employee, Cheryle Sklapsky from Keys to Recovery; and the Sunalta Lodging House Team from Alpha House for front-line team. Learn more HERE and visit our blog HERE.

Count shows rise in homelessness slowed despite population growth

On January 15, 3,533 people were counted as homeless, compared with 3,190 people in January 2012, 3,576 people in August 2012 and 3,601 people in 2008. Before the 10 Year Plan, the number rose 35% every two years. Read more HERE.

Join us for a report back to the community on the 10 Year Plan re-visit

Everyone is invited to this community event on April 7 or 8, where we will share what we have heard so far and learned from research, as well as give you a sneak peek on emerging themes. Sign up HERE.

Data from shelter indicates most users stay less than two weeks 

Data from the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (The DI) shows that 84% of emergency shelter users stayed less than two weeks and had less than two episodes of homelessness in the four-year period. Read more HERE.

System Planning Framework provides foundation to end homelessness

Key to sustaining the 10 Year Plan is building a system of care to deliver housing with support to clients in a coordinated and efficient way. Calgary wants to share what we have learned. Click HERE to read the Framework.

New Beltline project kicks off with art event open house

We’re just weeks away from beginning work on our new Beltline project in partnership with Cedarglen Living, the RESOLVE campaign and the Government of Alberta. We’ll kick the project off with an art event by This Is My City Art Society, so drop by 222 15 Ave. SW on April 28 from 2 to 8 p.m. For more project info, click HERE.
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