More than 1,038 Served Today at Project Homeless Connect

November 22, 2008

More than 1,038 Calgarians who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless received necessary support and materials today at Calgary’s Project Homeless Connect (PHC).

 

“Access to services, supports, and the housing necessary to end homelessness is a huge challenge to those Calgarians on the street especially during winter”, says Tim Richter, President and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. “Project Homeless Connect connects Calgarians with the supports and services they need to help them end or prevent their own homelessness.”

 

PHC participants visiting the Calgary Municipal Building today had access to a wide range of support services and materials provided by 50 local service agencies and organizations all available under one roof.

 

Services offered included access to housing, medical examinations and treatment, counseling, mental health services, support to overcome addictions, income support, employment opportunities, dental health consultation and referrals, women’s health services, and veterans and aboriginal affairs.

 

Materials available included clothing, shoes and work boots, winter coats, children’s stuffed animals, vaccinations, new identification documents, healthy snacks, a hot meal, and a “comfort kit” containing items such as socks, mittens, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.

 

The Foundation thanks the agencies, organizations, and volunteers whose participation in the event contributed greatly to its success. This offering of Project Homeless Connect is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.

 

Four Project Homeless Connect events are planned for Calgary in 2009, with the next scheduled event to occur on Saturday, February 28, 2009.

 

Project Homeless Connect in Calgary and Elsewhere 

The Calgary Homeless Foundation organized and hosted Canada’s first Project Homeless Connect in Calgary on April 26, 2008, serving 650 people. The organization’s second PHC occurred September 20, 2008 and served more than 800 individuals and families. Today’s event was the third to be held in Calgary.

 

Project Homeless Connect is an initiative from Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness and is based on a model used in more than 170 communities in Canada, Australia, and the United States. Learn more about Project Homeless Connect in Calgary at calgaryhomeless.com/events/phc.

 

About the Foundation 

The Calgary Homeless Foundation leads the implementation of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Issued in January 2008, Calgary’s 10 Year Plan was created by the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness, a community-based, multi-stakeholder, leadership group, who issued the Plan and selected the Foundation to implement the Plan. The Foundation is moving forward on Calgary’s 10 Year Plan in partnership with the many homeless serving agencies, the private sector, our government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness in Calgary once and for all.

 

Contact:

Sheridan McVean

Calgary Homeless Foundation

403.718.8539

sheridan@calgaryhomeless.com