This summer, the CEO of the Homeless Foundation in Calgary will be leaving. To quickly clarify, he is not leaving to retire or leave the industry but instead to take his 10 year plan to end homelessness in Calgary and spread it across the country with a new organization; Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. Tim Richter has made a real difference in the city of Calgary and his efforts and that of his organization have spread throughout the province of Alberta thanks to the support of Mayors of many cities. This new organization is set to focus on cities throughout the country struggling with homelessness, helping them create their own 10 year plan.
Major cities such as Victoria and Toronto have already begun to implement housing-first projects to help bring homeless off the streets and are so far seeing success but there is still a long way to go and a lot of help needed. Richter has stated that communities across the country have reached a point where they no longer want to simply manage the homeless population but help put an end to it for good and this is what the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is all about. Roles within the board of this organization will include specialists within the housing innovation world as well as research into the homeless situation in Canada today.
To give you an idea as to how successful Tim Richter’s 10 year plan has been, it has been 4 years since implemented and nearly 4,000 people have been moved from the streets to permanent housing. There has also been an 11% decrease in the homeless population on top of this which is an amazing accomplishment in such a short period of time. It is no wonder a larger organization has sought out Mr. Richter to help with this growing epidemic across the country. Richter thanks many volunteers, community supporters and investors as well as the Mayor of Alberta for the success they found here.
Recently, provincial budgets have been announced with a 13 million dollar increase for funding related to permanent housing programs. This is a major sign from the Canadian government showing their approval and support of these programs continuing throughout the country, thanks to work from people like Tim Richter. The organization has launched a website, www.caeh.ca and here you can find a very detailed guide as to how you can begin a 10 year plan program to end homelessness within your own community. The document is called, A Plan Not a Dream. The hope is this document will help increase awareness of this program and create the need to act where needed.
In terms of Calgary’s 10 year plan, they expect to completely eliminate homelessness by 2018, this is not a dream but a plan they are turning into a reality. There are several other Alberta cities taking part in these permanent housing programs such:
- Edmonton, seeing a 21% drop in homelessness.
- Fort McMurray seeing a 42% decrease
- Lethbridge seeing a 53% decrease
No matter where you are currently living in Canada today, homelessness is present whether you are aware of it or not. Contact the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness today to help your town or city fix this growing problem.