To meet the needs of women experiencing homelessness in Calgary, Alberta’s government is investing in new year-round shelter spaces for women. The 40 new spaces will be available immediately, and are supported through $762,702 in funding, including $98,500 in one-time startup costs.

“As the number of women experiencing homelessness in the province increases, it’s of the utmost importance for Alberta’s government to dedicate space to ensure vulnerable women have a safe place to stay. Homelessness is a top priority for my department and Alberta’s government, and we will continue to work with our partners to make sure those who need our support are able to get it.”

Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services

Seniors, Community and Social Services provides $32 million annually to operate about 1,800 emergency shelter spaces in Calgary. This new funding means women experiencing homelessness will now have 78 shelter spaces dedicated for their use, including 40 at the Mustard Seed, 18 at the Salvation Army-Wagner shelter and 20 operated by YWCA Calgary.

“While we collaborate on affordable housing solutions, we are glad to see the province continue to prioritize emergency shelter space for people who are in crisis. Safe places to sleep and connections to support are key to aiding people to move out of situations of vulnerability.”

Jyoti Gondek, mayor, City of Calgary

"The rising demand for women-specific shelter services in Calgary is undeniable. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the ministry for affording us the opportunity to offer specialized support to this particularly vulnerable demographic through tailored services. Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of women in need and ensure their safety and well-being."

Samantha Lowe, senior director, shelter operations, The Mustard Seed