Calgary is leading the charge to end homelessness, according to experts in the city for the 2010 Community Summit to End Homelessness.

More than 300 people gathered at the one-day event to celebrate successes going into the third year of the city’s plan to end homelessness, according to the president and CEO of Calgary’s Homeless Foundation.

“Attendance this year is almost double what we expected, so I think that speaks volumes of the success and the commitment of the community to end homelessness,” Tim Richter said.

Calgary was the first Canadian city to adopt the Pathways to Housing: New York model of helping homelessness, according to its founder Dr. Sam Tsemberis.

“Calgary has been leaders in this ... By putting people into homes first and finding support later, there is a better success rate,” Tsemberis added.

Jan. 29, 2010, marked the second anniversary of the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness in the city.