On Tuesday, the Community Summit, hosted by the Calgary Homeless Foundation, will launch the updated plan to end homelessness in the city.
Eleven homebuilders in Calgary have stepped up to support the Resolve campaign, with a contribution of $1.4 million each for a total of $15.4 million. The builders who have contributed to the campaign, so far, are: Albi Homes, Brookfield Residential, Calbridge Homes, Cardel Lifestyles, Cedarglen Living, Homes by Avi, Hopewell Residential, Jayman Group of Companies, Morrison Homes, Qualico and Shane Homes.
Many Resolve partners have also received funding from the Government of Alberta. There are nine agencies partnering with the campaign — Accessible Housing, Bishop O’Byrne Housing, Calgary Alpha House Society, Calgary Homeless Foundation, Calgary John Howard Society, Horizon Housing Society, Silvera for Seniors, Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta and The Mustard Seed.
Each of Resolve’s nine partners meets a particular need within the community.
To date, the campaign has raised enough money to provide 915 individuals with a safe and affordable rental home. The funds raised and distributed through Resolve are used in a myriad of ways, such as paying off mortgages, building projects and purchasing land. Resolve tenants pay rent geared to their income, with rent being much lower than market value.
Currently, there are 42 buildings Resolve is supporting in various stages of development, totalling 1,763 units.
The Great Cities report by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce notes that half of the homeless people in Calgary are employed but cannot afford to house themselves.
“The greatest barrier to eliminating homelessness in Calgary is the housing crisis and lack of access to affordable housing,” according to the report. “Cities that lack affordable housing find it difficult to attract and retain labour in certain fields such as education and law enforcement.
Affordable housing boosts economic development by providing the labour force with reliable homes and increasing people’s disposable income, meaning households spend less of their monthly income on housing costs and more on goods and services that support the local economy.
This project will create greater opportunities for employment if people have a stable address, a stable home. They’re able to be more resilient and enter into the workforce in a more stable way. So, that supports businesses in terms of their needing more labour.
The Resolve campaign is a really, really good example of getting some of that non-profit or that affordable or subsidized housing . . . built. They’re showing community leadership, innovation and ownership of the issue. Because of the campaign, it will be able to house 3,000 vulnerable Calgarians in the next four years.
This type of project has never been done in Canada. Nine not-for-profits working together, fundraising together . . . This is the first of its kind in Canada.