The Foyer Program: A Pilot Program for Reducing Homelessness in Edmonton

Date: May 07, 2014, 12:00 PM

Place: Stanley Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square) Main Floor (Back-left corner of the room)

Topic: Youth Homelessness

Speaker: Giri Puligandla, Director of Planning and Research for Homeward Trust Edmonton, the organization implementing our city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.Prior to joining Homeward Trust, he was the executive director of the Alberta Caregivers Association from 2008 to 2011. He was also the executive director of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta between 2006 and 2008.

If you have ever taken the time to learn about homelessness you quickly realize it is a lot more complex than you may have first believed.

Our city and our province have each lead the way in examining what homelessness is, what causes it, and what are the best ways to reduce it. An important part of our understanding of Edmonton’s homelessness population is provided by the results of the Homeless Count, carried out every two years.

The most recent count in 2012 provided us with a single day snap shot of the homeless population. The count revealed:

o  2,174 homeless people

o  46 per cent were observed to be Aboriginal

o  223 dependent children and 119 caregivers were counted as well as 56 youth under 16 without a caregiver