National Housing Strategy and CUPS Contribution



The Government of Canada released their updated strategy on homelessness titled Reaching Home on June 11, 2018 which aims to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% over the next ten years. Designed to complement the efforts of the National Housing Strategy, Reaching Home will replace the pre-existing Homelessness Partnering Strategy on April 1, 2019. This change is good news for agencies like CUPS that work each day to prevent homelessness in our community as well as support individuals and families that are currently experiencing homelessness.

What is CUPS doing to combat homelessness? CUPS offers various programs and services that target individuals who are experiencing or at risk of falling into homelessness. Our work has shown us that preventing homelessness is an important piece of the complicated puzzle that makes up poverty in Calgary. Something as simple as missing one month of rent can cause an individual to lose their accommodations and enter the shelter system. Therefore, CUPS offers programs and services that help clients at any point within the cycle of poverty. These include one-time emergency funding, flexible funds for accessing school/professional training, case management, community outreach, and other supports that helps individuals meet their basic needs and beyond.

Although the final details of the Strategy are forthcoming, it is welcome news that the Government of Canada continues to make homelessness a priority and continues to adapt based on the challenges Canadians face today. Targeted funding will allow us to continue to help Calgarians overcome adversity, reach their potential, and end the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. We look forward to seeing how the Government will continue to partner with us to create and maintain healthy communities.

#ShineALight on the Numbers

● 1 in 10 Calgarians live in poverty

● 1 in 4 Canadians lives with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes

● 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness or addiction problems each year

● 4 million people in Canada experience food insecurity

● 1 in 8 Canadian households struggle to put food on the table.

● An estimated 45% of the overall homeless population are individuals living with mental illness

● 28 – 34% of shelter users are Indigenous peoples

● 40% of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty

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