One of the biggest factors that determines whether people will stay healthy or wind up needing emergency or chronic medical care is where they live. People without access to stable housing are at higher risk of illness, and their likelihood of recovering well from that illness is greatly diminished.
President & CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
Prior to joining CAEH, Tim Richter was President & CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF), charged with leading the implementation of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, the first plan of its kind in Canada. In the first four years of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan, more than 4,000 homeless men, women and children were housed, 3,582 units of affordable housing were funded, and homelessness went down in Calgary for the first time in 20 years of counting.
In responding to homelessness today, we put our energy into emergency responses -- shelters, food and clothing donations and soup kitchens -- and then we stop. We need to move people quickly back into their homes, provide them with the support they need, and figure out how to prevent it from happening again.
10/29/2013 05:19 EDT
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