Economics Homelessness is a social issue that impacts individuals and families. Homeless Hub explains that the contributors to homelessness often result from an interplay of three parts: structural factors, systems failures and individual circumstance. [1] Structural factors are economic and societal problems that affect an individual’s quality of life. Examples: discrimination, inadequate income, limited access to affordable housing and limited […]

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We are pleased to announce that for the 9th year in a row, we are partnering with Imaginea to bring you Suzanne West’s Steps to End Homelessness. Suzanne’s passion and determination to end child and family homelessness in our community was contagious and tireless. This year, we will honor her memory by continuing this tradition. We invite you to join us in […]

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Family Homelessness INNformation Series: Economics and Family Homelessness Interview with Abe Brown Episode 4 of the Family Homelessness INNformation Series is focused on the economic factors relating to family homelessness. Watch our interview where Kara Layher interviews Abe Brown, Executive Director at the Inn. We discuss the economic disadvantage families have that may be causes of homelessness and what we […]

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Family Homelessness INNformation Series: Episode 3 – Trauma-Informed Care Using trauma-informed care to impact youth By: Colin Doucette Hi, my name is Colin Doucette, and I am the Program Manager of the Inn’s Youth Development Program. I have been working with Inn from the Cold since January 2015 in many capacities, including Family Advocate, Early Childhood Development Worker and Team […]

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Family Homelessness INNFormation Series: Episode 3 Episode 3: Trauma-Informed Care. Watch our interview with Amanda St. Laurent, Director of Programs at Inn from the Cold and Kara Layher, Communications Specialist at Inn from the Cold HERE. Watch our interview with  Joseph Mastromattei, Housing Program Manager at Alpha House HERE. Watch our interview with Amanda Rae Storteboom, Director of Integration and Special […]

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Family Homelessness INNformation Series: Trauma Informed Care Interview with Amanda St. Laurent Episode 3 of the Family Homelessness INNformation Series is focused on trauma-informed care. Watch our interview where Kara Layher interviews Amanda St. Laurent, Director of Programs at the Inn. We discuss the adoption of trauma-informed practice in the work we do and the importance of this practice in […]

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Family Homelessness INNformation Series: Research and Data Interview with Anthony Eagle on data management. Anthony Eagle is the Data & Process Analyst at Inn from the Cold. In his role, he works with data collected in our shelter and housing programs. Anthony manages all the client and program data at the Inn and summarizes it to ensure we are maintaining […]

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Family Homelessness INNformation Series: Research and Data “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin To create real social change governments, social agencies and the public need to work collectively to ensure their work is collaborative and vision-inspired to shift big system policies and practices to align with and leverage the frontline realities every social agency faces […]

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Episode 2: Research and Data This week we are focusing our content around research and data in the family homeless-serving sector. Specifically, how can we utilize data to propel our work forward and bring new research and best practices to Calgary’s system of care? This topic is incredibly important to the work that we do because with new research and […]

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Family Homelessness INNformation Series: Three differences between adult single and family homelessness This week we are exploring what makes family homelessness a unique sub-set of homelessness.  We will be highlighting the differences and unique aspects of both to provide an understanding of the challenges and opportunities to serve children and families experiencing homelessness better.  As mentioned in our previous blog post, […]

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Episode 1: Differences between Family & Adult Single Homelessness Welcome to our Family Homelessness INNformation Series. We will be focusing our online content around different topics pertaining to family homelessness for the next six weeks. We want to educate and engage you, our supporters and community, on what is necessary to create a community where no child or family is homeless. […]

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