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July
2015

In This Issue

• More affordable housing projects underway
• Homeless Charter of Rights Launch
• New Chair of the Board announced

 


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More affordable housing projects underway

On June 9th, The Calgary Homeless Foundation celebrated the kick-off of two new affordable housing projects which will commence construction this summer. Together, Aurora on the Park and Providence House will provide 49 units of purpose-built affordable housing in the Hillhurst Sunnyside and Crescent Heights communities respectively. Ms. Brandy Payne, MLA Calgary-Acadia stated in her remarks to the over 100 people gathered for the celebration that while homelessness is not easy to resolve, “a community is only as strong its most vulnerable members.” In his inspiring comments, Mayor Naheed Nenshi congratulated the 11 Calgary Home Builders who are supporting CHF’s affordable housing projects through their participation in the RESOLVE Campaign and Alan Norris, who as Chair of the Campaign has inspired their shared vision and commitment to ending homelessness in Calgary. He encouraged everyone to remember that, while we have accomplished a great deal by housing over 6,000 people since 2008 when Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness was launched, much work remains to be done. We must do it together, he urged.

Playing their part in ending homelessness, Glynn Hendry of Streetside Developments: A Qualico Company and Al Morrison of Morrison Homes both spoke of their pride and gratitude for the opportunity to participate in ending homelessness through contributing to these two new projects.

To celebrate our new construction projects, and generate awareness about affordable housing, the exterior of the old house at 832 10 St NW was transformed into a temporary work of art by This is My City Art Society (TMC) with generous support from a Soul of the City Neighbour Grant at The Calgary Foundation.

Construction on both Aurora on the Park and Providence House is expected to be completed in summer 2016. These new buildings were made possible by the generous support of StreetSide Developments: A Qualico Company and Morrison Homes, each with donations of up to $1.4 million, and capital grants from the Government of Alberta.

Aurora on the Park and Providence House are the second and third projects of 8 planned affordable apartment buildings CHF will be constructing over the next 3 years through the RESOLVE Campaign. The first project, Stepping Stone Manor, is well under way in the Beltline with the opening of this building for 30 formerly homeless Calgarians planned for later this fall. To learn more about our new construction projects, click here.

Homeless Charter of Rights Launch

Over 50 people came out to celebrate the launch of Canada’s first Homeless Charter of Rights on June 18th on the Riverwalk in the East Village. The Charter arose out of community consultations held by CHF with people with lived experiences of homelessness and input from sector and public service agencies including, the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre, Calgary Police Services, Calgary Legal Guidance, the Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Calgary Animal and Bylaw Services, Vibrant Communities Calgary, Calgary Alpha House Society and the Downtown Outreach Addictions Program. Funding was provided through a grant from the Alberta Human Rights Commission, Education and Multicultural Fund.  More than just a document. More than just a project. The Charter represents a movement for social change that will end discriminatory practices that impact the quality of life of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Charter identifies the rights of those experiencing homelessness in Calgary and identifies those rights within health, justice and housing services.

"A healthy and just society can be measured by its treatment of its most vulnerable citizens," says Diana Krecsy, President & CEO, CHF. "Understanding rights is integral to individuals being able to identify and address discriminatory practices that undermine their ability to access services and move beyond homelessness."

In addition to the Homeless Charter, a short documentary was created on homelessness and discrimination. Do You See Me? provides insight into the experiences of discrimination from those experiencing homelessness as well as observations from those working collectively to end it in our communities.

Thank you to Calgary Municipal Land Corporation for working with us on hosting the event on the River Walk and Gord Gillies from Global Calgary for emceeing the day.

To learn more about the Homeless Charter, click here.

New Chair of the Board announced

 

The Calgary Homeless Foundation & Calgary Community Land Trust Society’s annual general meeting (AGM) was held on June 16 at Bow Valley College. At this year’s AGM, the CHF Board of Directors bid farewell to outgoing Chair of the Board, Alan Norris, and appointed its new Chair, Cameron Bailey. A retired senior executive with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, and a CHF Board member since 2010, Mr. Bailey brings a passion for supporting people experiencing homelessness and poverty to his new role as Chair of the Board. Joining Mr. Bailey as Vice-Chairs of the Board are Deputy Chief of Police, Trevor Daroux and Bernadette Majdell, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Hestia Group. Luana Comin-Sartor, Director, Internal Audit, Suncor Energy Inc. was appointed Treasurer.

"Cameron brings a deep knowledge of Board governance and an in-depth understanding of the CHF to his role as Board Chair," says Diana Krecsy, President & CEO, CHF. "Working closely with him over the past year as Vice-Chair of the Board I have appreciated his sound business acumen and his compassionate approach to ending homelessness."

Alan Norris, President & CEO of Brookfield Residential, stepped down as Chair of the Board, a position he held for four years, to focus his attention on the RESOLVE Campaign where he will continue to volunteer as Chair of the Calgarians Committed to Change Cabinet.

"Alan has had a significant influence in moving the bar closer to ending homelessness in our city through his contributions to CHF," said Diana. "His commitment to governing CHF over the past four years as Chair will continue to resonate as we move forward through collective leadership to build an even more effective and streamlined system of care that can deliver on the vision of ending homelessness in Calgary. We look forward to continuing to work with him as partners in the RESOLVE Campaign and to ensuring our collective impact is focused on ending homelessness, together."

Details of CHF's progress in fiscal 2014/15 are available in the 2015 Report to Community and include:
  • 895 people placed in housing with supports;
  • The City of Calgary experiencing a 15% decrease in homelessness per 100,000 population since launch of the Plan to End Homelessness in 2008;
  • Funding provided to 60 programs delivered by 27 agencies;
  • Calgary's Updated Plan to End Homelessness launched through I Heart Home YYC initiative;
  • Completion of two development permits (no appeal) through the City of Calgary Planning Department for Aurora on the Park in Hillhurst Sunnyside and Providence House in Crescent Heights. These buildings mean CHF will have commenced construction on 3 apartment buildings towards its goal of building 8 new buildings under the RESOLVE Campaign;
  • Enhanced support of client success through steam-lining of administrative and financial reporting for agencies.
CHF’s Management’s Discussion & Analysis and Financial Statements can be found on the website by clicking here

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