City alderman says plans need to be co-ordinated
Ten-year plans to eliminate homelessness must be co-ordinated from the grassroots up to the provincial government, according to a city alderman and president of a local advocacy group.
The province announced an ambitious plan earlier this year to end homelessness within 10 years, and many of its partners have followed suit.
The plan was reiterated yesterday by Deputy Premier Ron Stevens, who addressed the Calgary Homeless Foundation at their annual Christmas party at the McDougall Centre.
Ald. Andre Chabot wants to see the province take the lead and set the direction for other organizations to follow.
“If we’re not all on the same page then we’re all going in different directions and we’re not making the most effective use of our resources,” said Chabot.
Calgary Homeless Foundation president, Wayne Stewart agreed that tying the plans together is critical — but that it should be tied in with a national plan to end homelessness.