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Book documents Calgary's journey towards ending homelessness

Nearly halfway through Calgary’s plan to end homelessness, experts have documented the city’s efforts, although the end of the story has yet to be written.

Susan Scott was commissioned by the Calgary Homeless Foundation to write The Beginning of the End — a story about the people who formed the CHF and spearheaded Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Scott, a freelance writer who has written extensively about homeless issues in the past, said she was approached by former CHF CEO and president, Tim Richter.

“The reason why he told me he wanted it now was because people’s memories were getting a bit cloudy,” she said.

Richter, who has since moved on to the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, said other cities have been asking for some time what steps Calgary has taken, and he wanted a book documenting the city’s efforts.

“So much has happened,” he said.

While most Calgarians know about the 10 year plan, Scott said the book provides insights that many in the city probably don’t know about.

“For me it was really interesting to meet the whole spectrum of Calgary from people who’ve been housed to CEOs of enormous companies,” she said. “When you talk to people who’ve been housed and are getting that support, it’s so moving.”

The Beginning of the End can be downloaded through calgaryhomeless.com.

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