Where is Home?

“Where is Home?” is a documentary film focused on homelessness and the complex social issues facing the city of Lethbridge, Alberta and many other communities across Canada.

The film presents unique perspectives from many individuals, including members of the homeless population, municipal government, law enforcement, service providers, doctors, educators, health professionals, as well as members of the local business community and the general public. Through these perspectives, and supported by multi-perspective historical information and expert lectures, the film presents a thoughtful, respectful look at history, the reality of the current situation, and hope for what can be done to make things better for everyone in the future. To request an official screening copy of this film for educational, fundraising, or public screening purposes, visit their website and to watch the documentary in its entirety simply click below.

The fact is homelessness is a growing issue in our city but it’s an issue that we can do a lot to change. In Calgary on any given night, over 3500 people are homeless. The true face of homelessness may not be the image that first comes to mind. People without a home include those with jobs, women fleeing violence, children and the elderly.
FACT: At least 40% of Calgary’s homeless population is employed
FACT: Nearly 300 children under 18 years of age are homeless in Calgary
FACT: On any given night, 160 families sleep in Calgary shelters
FACT: 65% of women at risk of experiencing homelessness reported being a victim of domestic violence
FACT: Here in Calgary, 14,000 households are at risk of becoming homeless and having their lives changed forever.
FACT: Each month 60,000 Albertans rely on food banks and 43% of them are children
FACT: In Alberta, 63% of shelter users are in Calgary, compared with 28% in Edmonton and Edmonton has over double the affordable housing of Calgary
FACT: It’s estimated between 15,000 and 17,000 different people use an emergency shelter at least once every year in Calgary
FACT: People with low level needs can be housed for $4000 per year
FACT: Studies indicate that homeless people with the highest needs incur system costs of $100,000 per year and many have been homeless for a decade or more
FACT: 34% of Calgarians know someone who experienced homelessness and 50% of Calgarians know someone who was close to homelessness
FACT: It costs two to three times less to end homelessness than it does to manage it