The Wealthy Community

  • April 26, 2015
  • 3:30 pm
  • Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Library

Last year Calgary was ranked one of the richest cities in the world, holding its own against cities like Zurich, Paris and San Francisco. And yet, in this prosperity, there are Calgarians who live well below the poverty line, who have trouble meeting basic needs like food and shelter. Having a roof over one’s head is a major determinant of health and success and yet homelessness and lack of affordable housing are all too often seen as chronic problems that are unfixable. How much would we have to invest now to see a substantial rise in safe, stable and secure housing and would it be worth in the long run?

James Hughes, president of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, and former director of the Old Brewery Mission for the homeless joins Philip Mangano, CEO of the American Roundtable to Abolish Homelessness and former executive director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Kevin McNichol, vice president of strategy at the Calgary Homeless Foundation for a conversation on the role housing plays in creating wealthy communities. Steve Gaetz, director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub, moderates.

  • Free



James Hughes's and Stephen Gaetz's research has been supported by SSHRC

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