The Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness (ASCHH) was implemented in 1999 originating from interest and committee work that began in 1996 as a result of a forum on homelessness that brought interested Indigenous partners to the table to address the specific concerns of Aboriginal homelessness in Calgary.
Members of the Standing Committee support direction and recommendations on the Plan to End Aboriginal Homelessness. Membership ranges from Indigenous Agencies and programs to systems, government, and concerned individuals. ASCHH members participate in subcommittee work and provide voice to various projects related to Indigenous homelessness throughout Calgary and Alberta.
It is estimated that at any given time that 21-38% Indigenous people and families are homeless in Calgary. A number of homeless Indigenous women and men struggle with addiction in relation to Intergenerational trauma. As we struggle as a community to get the most vulnerable off the streets there is still not enough resources and programs to address the growing need. Tragically many young and old men and women end their struggle on the streets due to addiction and diminished health. ASCHH wants to honour those that have passed by offering up space for loved ones to remember and share their stories, as well as recognize their struggles to overcome the challenges of homelessness.