This report emphasizes the need for Calgary to pay attention to the challenges faced by new immigrants and refugees coming into Calgary, and their need for appropriate housing. The numbers of immigrants using shelters or who are homeless are increasing. Factors leading to this situation for most immigrants includes their lack of income coming into the country, lack of knowledge of housing and other essentials, and their language and cultural barriers. A number of recommendations to the different levels of government for closing the gap in needs and housing for one, are included in the report. The whole intent of this report to recommend that Calgary decision makers take a proactive stand to prevent homelessness amongst immigrant populations coming into the city.
Homelessness-Related Research Capacities in Alberta: A Comprehensive Environmental Scan, prepared by Dr. Katharina Kovacs Burns, MSc, MHSA, PhD and Dr. Solina Richter, PhD, RN for The Alberta Homelessness Research Consortium (2010)