Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

As the first Canadian city to develop and implement a 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, Calgary is at a critical juncture as it sets out in a bold, new direction. The Plan recognises that “research matters” – in fact, one of its five core strategies is specifically focused on improving data and systems knowledge. To successfully accomplish the Plan, our city needs the efforts of our research community. Calgary is home to some of the country’s brightest researchers. Our city’s academic institutions, community-based agencies, government departments and the private sector have and continue to undertake significant research initiatives in the areas of affordable housing and homelessness. A co-ordinated and engaged research community can and should play a vital role in leading the country towards innovative solutions for homelessness. The Calgary Homeless Foundation leads the implementation of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In 2008, the Foundation organised the 2008 Calgary Homelessness Research Symposium to obtain input from Calgary’s research community towards the development and implementation of a Three Year Research Agenda in support of the Plan. The Research Symposium was intended as a catalyst event to kick-start the formation of a Homelessness Research Network in Calgary, which would facilitate a co-ordinated effort in support of the Research Agenda.