The 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness (7 Cities) is a collaborative forum comprised of representation from each the 7 major urban cities in Alberta. The overall purpose of the 7 Cities is to provide a forum and collective voice to address issues of common interest and concern in the implementation of individual community plans to end homelessness in Alberta. The 7 Cities also provides a forum for dialogue with the federal and provincial representatives on housing and homelessness.
7 Cities was founded in 2001 when seven housing and homeless Community-Based Organizations (CBOs; also known as Community Advisory Boards [CABs] to the Government of Canada) in Alberta created a forum to share experiences, exchange ideas, support and learn from one another. Over the past decade, the group has become known for its expertise in issues related to housing and homelessness and is viewed as a leader in the communities it represents.
Today, the Government of Alberta recognizes the seven CBOs as the lead local implementing bodies for community 10 year plans to end homelessness under the Plan for Alberta. The CBO’s administer funding on behalf of Human Services that targets interventions and supports to move people from homelessness into permanent housing.[/vc_column_text]