When COVID-19 arrived in Calgary, our staff and partners immediately implemented new safety precautions and cleaning protocols across all buildings and worked around the clock to move individuals and families staying in shelters into our vacant units.
HomeSpace also answered the call to property manage the Assisted Self-Isolation Site (ASIS) for Calgarians experiencing homelessness who had symptoms or tested positive, in coordination with The Alex, Calgary Homeless Foundation, CUPS Calgary, and Alberta Health Services. The site served 709 unique individuals with supports and a safe place to isolate during the pandemic.
Of these, 127 people moved into supportive housing and a further 85 into independent living or with family. Two of our properties, Sunalta Lodging House in partnership with Calgary Alpha House Society and Kootenay Lodge in partnership with the Mustard Seed, became transitional housing for individuals following their recovery at ASIS.
The remaining folks either did not disclose their destination or unfortunately returned to homelessness, which speaks to the urgent need to create more affordable and supportive housing in Calgary.
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