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Newsletter Winter 2014

Thanks to everyone who helped with the point-in-time count
Over 150 volunteers and 70 agencies counted the number of people who were homeless on Jan. 15, 2014. The total will be available in coming weeks. Thank you to BD&P for sponsoring the count. View photos here and read more about counts here.

The clock is ticking. Community moves into year seven of 10 Year Plan

There are four years until Jan. 29, 2018! By that time, we’ve committed to have a more efficient and coordinated homeless-serving system, where people do not stay stuck in homelessness for months and years. Read Interim President and CEO Gerrad Oishi’s thoughts here and a blog by Louise Gallagher here.

Yippee! We received a Development Permit for the first of eight apartment buildings

The Beltline community and City of Calgary are supporting construction of a 30-unit accessible apartment. Funding for the building is coming from the Government of Alberta and Cedarglen Living. Plans are to break ground this spring. Check out the design here and read more about home builders contributing to the RESOLVE capital campaign here.

Don’t forget. Send in your nomination for the Arthur R. Smith Awards by Friday, Feb. 7

Every year, we recognize employees and volunteers who demonstrate a strong commitment to Housing First and the goal to end homelessness. Each winner receives $2,000! The awards are sponsored by Jim Stanford and honour the Foundation’s founder Art Smith. Help recognize someone by nominating them here. Hurry, there are only a few days left!

Winter emergency shelter spaces added thanks to flood funding from Calgary Foundation

Calgarians displaced by the flood and experiencing homelessness can access shelter due to $130,000 from The Calgary Foundation for additional flood-related shelter spaces. The donation was part of the Flood Rebuilding Fund to support long-term recovery work. Read more here.

Thanks for helping us update the 10 Year Plan. Stay tuned for next set of consultations

Every three years, the Foundation updates the 10 Year Plan based on what we’ve learned. Starting last fall, we consulted with a wide variety of groups, including clients, shelters and agencies. We’re bringing together this feedback so we can share it with you at the next set of meetings in March. If you weren’t able to make a meeting and want to participate, please take our survey here.
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