Tim Richter resigns as head of Calgary Homeless Foundation
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Calgary Homeless Foundation president and CEO Tim Richter will resign this summer to spearhead a national organization aimed at ending homelessness across the country.
The CHF announced Thursday Richter will lead a new organization called the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, which will mobilize other communities in implementing their own 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness.
"We've been building our plans here in Alberta and getting some success and a lot of communities around the country have been wondering how we've managed to do it," said Richter.
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness will provide cities the tools to begin executing a plan and assist in lobbying government officials for funding, according to Richter who will be the president and CEO.
Already Richter said he's been in talks with cities across the country from Victoria to Saskatoon to Halifax.
"One of the biggest things is getting started," he said.
Richter was instrumental in implementing the 10 Year Plan in Calgary — the first of it's kind in Canada.
"Tim has been a leader in Calgary and Alberta in developing innovative and effective programs that can end homelessness in our communities," said Steve Snyder, chair of the CHF board of directors.
Ultimately, Richter said he believes homelessness in Canada can be stopped.
"The only reason I'm able to leave the (Calgary) Homeless Foundation, frankly, is because moving to the Canadian Alliance helps enforce the possibility that we can end homelessness in Canada. I'm absolutely convinced based on what I've seen in Alberta…that a movement of cities will end homelessness in our country."