The YWCA of Calgary and Calgary Homeless Foundation Partner to Provide Housing and Support for Women Struggling With Homelessness

March 15, 2013

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2013) - The YWCA of Calgary and Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) are pleased to announce the opening of another building, which will provide a permanent home for 14 single women, who were previously experiencing homelessness.

Through the YWCA and CHF partnership, residents will have access to safe, secure and affordable housing as well as the continued support of YWCA of Calgary case managers focused on assisting women to rebuild their personal capacity and achieve self sustainability. Residents live independently in the self-contained units and pay rent each month.

"Complex circumstances can lead a woman to homelessness - family violence, job loss, health issues - but poverty is always a factor," says Sue Tomney, YWCA of Calgary CEO. "We are so pleased to be able to grow the capacity of permanent, community-based housing options for women."

The building was purchased by the CHF in January 2012 for $2.19 million, with $1.53 million in capital grants from Municipal Affairs and $96,000 from a private donor. A $560,000 mortgage is in place and will be fundraised to reduce rents further for tenants. As well, Human Services provides funds for the YWCA's Housing First program at this and two other buildings for women in Calgary in partnership with the CHF.

"We appreciate the provincial government's continued support of Housing First programs in Calgary," said Dr. John Rook, President and CEO of the CHF. "With their generous support nearly 4,500 men, women and children have received housing and support over the first five years of Calgary's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness."

Earlier in March the YWCA of Calgary joined a movement of organizations, let by the YWCA of Canada, in launching the Homes for Women campaign, a broad-based, long term, national effort to prevent, reduce and eventually end women's homelessness. YWCA Canada is joined by Homes for Women campaign partners the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and Canada Without Poverty. Women are Canada's fastest growing homeless population.

About the YWCA of Calgary:

YWCA of Calgary is one of the longest serving social service organizations in Calgary. During its more than 100 year history, the organization has evolved its programming to meet the changing needs of women in the community. Although other agencies focus on women's poverty and family violence, the YWCA of Calgary also provides a continuum of services focused on empowering women to move from a position of vulnerability to one of sustainable strength and opportunity. For more information, visit ywcaofcalgary.com.

About the Calgary Homeless Foundation:

The CHF leads the implementation of Calgary's 10 Year Plan in partnership with the many homeless-serving agencies, the private sector, government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness once and for all. For more information, visit calgaryhomeless.com.