Calgary Homeless Foundation

Calgary Homeless Foundation

June 08, 2015 13:18 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Calgary's Largest Yarn-Bombing to Launch Affordable Housing!

Construction to begin in colourful style on future homes for 49 formerly homeless Calgarians!

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 8, 2015) - On Tuesday, June 9th, the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) and the RESOLVE Campaign will host a colourful kick-off event to mark the beginning of construction of the second and third of eight purpose-built apartments for formerly homeless Calgarians. Through the innovative capital campaign, RESOLVE, the 25-unit Aurora on the Park will be built in Hillhurst Sunnyside and the 24-unit Providence House at 426 and 428 2nd Avenue N.E. in Crescent Heights.

The event will showcase the 'yarnbombing' which artists from This is My City Art Society have woven together around the entire house. In addition, invited dignitaries, including Mayor Nenshi, will write the 'first wishes' for the future of Aurora on the Park, Providence House, the future tenants and the communities on fabric to be hung on the house.

WHO: The program for the kick-off event will include special guest speakers:
Emcee, Linda Olsen, Co-Anchor of Global News Hour at 6
Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi
Greetings read on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North
Representatives, Government of Alberta
Mr. Alan Norris, Chair CHF Board and RESOLVE Campaign, and President & CEO Brookfield Residential Properties
Glynn Hendry, Regional Vice-President, Qualico
Rob Kennedy, Vice-President, Morrison Homes
WHAT: Invited guests will be celebrating the kickoff of construction for an affordable housing apartment building by 'writing wishes' on fabric to be hung on the edges of the existing house. This is My City Art Society, with support from a Soul of the City Neighbour Grant at The Calgary Foundation, has transformed the exterior of the existing house with textile in an art installation known as yarn-bombing. The house will be demolished in late June with segments of the art work transferred to the construction site fencing.
The formal event will be followed by a community event, where all Calgarians are invited to drop-by and view the art installation and write 'wishes' to be hung from the house. There will be free entertainment and refreshments, plus a chance to view renderings of the future buildings.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 9th
Invitation only event: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (agenda below)
Public community art event: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
WHERE: 832 10 Street NW (public parking is limited to side streets, Riley Park and SAIT)

Media are invited to attend the formal program on Tuesday June 9, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 832 10 St. NW.

Photo opportunities and interviews will be available. After the formal program the event will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and include This is My City artists in attendance, music, snacks and an opportunity to look at renderings of the new buildings.

Kick-off Event for Aurora on the Park and Providence House
Tuesday, June 9th, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
832 10th St. N.W., Calgary, AB

2:15 Opening of event by Casey Eagle Speaker - 5 mins
2:20 Welcoming remarks - 3 mins
Emcee - Linda Olsen, Co-Anchor of Global News Hour at 6
2:23 Federal remarks - 2 mins
Greetings read on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North
2:25 Provincial remarks - 3 mins
Rep, Government of Alberta
2:28 Municipal remarks - 3 mins
Mayor Nenshi
2:31 Glynn Hendry, Regional Vice-President, Qualico - 3 mins
2:34 Rob Kennedy, Vice-President, Morrison Homes - 3 mins
2:37 Alan Norris, Chairman of the Board, CHF & RESOLVE Campaign - 4 mins
Unveiling of building renderings, writing of notes on fabric for house
2:41 Closing Remarks, Linda Olsen - 4 mins
2:45 Media availability, pictures with Home Builders/Government
3:00 - 7:00 Community event

About CHF

The Calgary Homeless Foundation supports Calgary's Plan to End Homelessness through acting as the backbone organization supporting the fulfilment of the 14 Action Steps identified in the Plan. In addition, CHF focuses on Advocacy, Research and Development, Systems Planning, and Funding, outcomes and impact. CHF addresses gaps and identifies best practices to improve the system of care. Through mobilization of collective impact, CHF is committed to moving forward in partnership with the many homeless-serving agencies, the private sector, government partners, the faith community, other foundations and all Calgarians to end homelessness in Calgary once and for all. For more information, visit

About the RESOLVE Campaign

RESOLVE is a tangible and measurable step in helping end homelessness - and the affordable housing crisis - in Calgary. RESOLVE's mission is to raise $120 million to build affordable, sustainable housing for 3,000 homeless and vulnerable Calgarians. Nine respected and established Calgary social agencies have partnered with government, business and community leaders, all resolving to make Calgary a better home - for everyone. Visit for more information.

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