In response to the public health need created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Calgary Drop-In Centre, Community and Social Services, Alberta Health Services, and community partners are working together to create a safe space at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre for community members experiencing homelessness.
By acting as a temporary site for clients of the Calgary Drop-In Centre who have not screened positive for the Covid-19 virus, this joint response aims to best meet the needs of vulnerable populations as the pandemic intensifies. The temporary facility at the ctcc is being funded by the Government of Alberta with support from the City of Calgary and other community partners.
“I am thankful to be involved in this vital work to protect vulnerable Albertans in partnership with the Calgary Drop-In Centre,” said Minister of Community and Social Services Rajan Sawhney. “Communities across the province are setting up facilities to meet their local needs and I have seen first hand how the $25 million from the Government of Alberta has enabled homeless serving agencies to meet social distancing requirements set out by public health.”
The ctcc location will provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week for up to 300 people without a fixed address. The opening of this satellite shelter will ensure all Calgary Drop-In Centre shelters can operate within large enough spaces to allow for appropriate physical distancing, thereby reducing the risk of proliferating the covid-19 virus in these buildings. https://calgary-convention.com