More shelter space for homeless in Calgary

More shelter space for homeless in Calgary

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BeTheChangeYYC Street Outreach started this petition to Government of Alberta (Premier Jason Kenney) and

Early in the pandemic, we at BeTheChangeYYC, advocated that more shelter spaces be opened for people experiencing homelessness. Providing a place to stay indoors and handing out necessities to eliminate the need to roam, will help keep everyone in the community safe. 

It is unfortunate that as the cold season is fast approaching, two of Calgary’s main shelters have had to again shut their doors to new clients because of confirmed COVID-19 cases. One, after a few days, thankfully reopened. Where as the largest in Calgary could remain closed another 3 weeks. This represent 2 of 3 general population shelters continuously affected. Clients were left again without resources like food, shelter, water and clothing. We need more solutions activated.

This past August 31st, 2020, in Calgary, saw temperatures drop to below 6 degrees Celsius. Hypothermia can start at 10 degrees Celsius. It is unsafe to not have places for people experiencing homelessness to go when temperatures dip like this. 

As our emergency response we again are asking for everyone’s help by donating tents, emergency blankets, and hand/feet warmers for those who are staying outdoors. Ideally everyone would have a safe and warm place to go. As a non profit with no government funding we have continued to do the best we can securing these essentials and will continue to do so. Housing our vulnerable population in hotels ensures everyone has a space to self-isolate, eliminates the danger of spreading the virus through the sharing of sinks and washrooms, and will also help the hotel industry cut losses due to COVID’s negative effect on tourism. This strategy will ultimately set up those experiencing homelessness for housing. We hope that you will act sooner rather than later. We plead with you to make a long term plan that will address the impending colder weather. We need more shelter space immediately. 

Regards

Team BeTheChangeYYC
&
Chaz Smith
President & CEO
www.bethechangeyyc.org

 

Sources:

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/live-at-430-p-m-province-to-provide-update-on-covid-19-response-2/

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/7-new-covid-19-cases-stem-from-single-calgary-area-gathering-1.4854225

https://calgaryherald.com/news/calgary-homeless-shelters-plan-to-protect-people-on-the-streets-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

https://www.660citynews.com/video/2020/04/02/street-work-team-calls-for-hotels-for-homeless/

https://omny.fm/shows/mornings-news-chqr/bethechangeyyc

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