Initiative announced to help the vulnerable sector self-isolate

Apr 6 2020, 3:20 pm

The Calgary Homeless Foundation has partnered with numerous collaborators to open an assisted self-isolation site for those experiencing homelessness.

The sites are intended for people who are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive.

The location is being kept anonymous, with those affected by the coronavirus being screened by a medical professional before being transported to self-isolate.

“The Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary, Alberta Health Services Calgary region and our valued community partners are working diligently to implement effective solutions to protect our city’s most vulnerable through the COVID19 pandemic,” said acting CEO for the CHF Gail Boehm in a press release.

“The establishment of facilities that allow shelter providers to maintain proper physical distancing protocols within shelters and overflow sites and creating safe spaces for assisted self-isolation are critical steps in this process.”

The Government of Alberta Ministry of Community and Social Services, Alberta Health Services Calgary Region, the City of Calgary, the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), emergency shelters, and key agencies within Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care are all among the regulatory bodies consulted and coordinated with to bring this essential service to vulnerable Calgarians.

The CHF is working as the project lead and coordinating the non-medical response, while the HomeSpace Society is managing the facility and security for it. Alberta Health Services, CUPS Calgary, and The Alexandra Community Health Centre are providing program and medical supports to the initiative.

CHF is working to provide up to 100 units for self-isolation, with some units prepared and ready for April 6.