In 2008, Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness was launched with a clear objective: end chronic homelessness in the city by the year 2018. Seven years later, considerable progress has been made – not the least of which is providing housing and support for over 6000 individuals – but there’s still more to do.
According to the Calgary Homeless Foundation (the main touchpoint for the movement), the answer to ending homelessness in the city is housing. On average, it costs less to provide someone with housing and support than it does for them to rely on shelters and emergency services, including hospitals, police and ambulance. Well, as it happens, we know a little bit about housing.
We were thrilled to realize that we could make a real difference in the lives of Calgary’s most vulnerable citizens by doing what we do best, building homes. And we weren’t alone. In the summer of 2014, we were one of 11 builders in the city who partnered with the RESOLVE campaign, a group dedicated to building the homes that Calgary needs to reach its 2018 goal.
For our part, we’ve committed to building family units. Our own Avi Urban president, Charron Ungar, is involved in designing the units which we’re hoping will go to ground in 2016. Overall, we’re making a $1.4 million investment in, what we believe, is one of Calgary’s most essential endeavours.
As we move into 2016, we’ll keep you updated on the progress we’re making and the milestones reached in Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness. In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved in the plan, you’ll find more information here.