This international research initiative aims to create an engaging platform for housing practitioners and researchers to explore planning and design innovation for better housing futures. Learn more.
Professor turns to Data Analytics to Help Homeless Shelter
New data tools match clients to services in the latest project for the Calgary Drop-In Centre. The project gathered will help ensure that staff serving emergency shelter clients have an up-to-date picture of the specific needs of each client to ensure no one in need of additional help falls through the cracks. Learn more.
Teaching, Learning and Student Experience
Just Treat us Like Human Beings
An eye-opening downtown tour for UCalgary nursing students serves up profound lessons of loneliness and resilience on Calgary's streets. Strictly voluntary, the walk allows the students a first-hand look at the real-life effects of the social determinants of health, including the pain of poverty, stigma, addiction and mental health. Learn more.
Beds from Bags Project in Lethbridge
Beds from Bags is a project that creates plastic yarn, or “plarn,” sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness, who have to "sleep rough" in Lethbridge. Plarn is an ingenious way to recycle plastic shopping bags, diverting them from landfills while creating a valuable resource. Faculty of Social Work students joined the growing community group weaving the shopping bags together, creating a durable, weather-proof mat for those who must sleep outdoors. Learn more.