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At Aspen, we know that when families are experiencing homelessness or on the verge of homelessness, the challenges and barriers they face can feel insurmountable. That's why we developed the Sustainable Families program.

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The Sustainable Families program provides intensive support for families facing homelessness, including assistance finding and keeping stable housing, basic needs assistance, life skills development, one-time financial assistance and connections to other community resources and supports. Our goal? Ensuring families have the personal, social, physical, financial and human assets needed to remain housed for the long term.

In collaboration with local shelters and other community resources, Sustainable Families offers support and services to families in need of housing with complex needs, including:

  • Poverty
  • Social isolation
  • Addictions
  • Mental health factors
  • Domestic violence
  • A history of trauma
  • Children’s Services involvement
  • Geographic displacement
  • Immigration barriers
  • Transportation barriers
  • High market rents
  • Challenges in accessing resources


Aspen’s Sustainable Families program supports 105 families at any given time and is a leading service provider of family homelessness programming in Calgary. The program works in the following ways:

  • Supporting families with their first month’s rent and damage deposit, to get them into a safe and stable home.
  • One-on-one support in helping families develop life skills and connecting families with the appropriate resources needed to thrive.
  • Setting up a new home with the essentials such as beds, bedding, living room furniture, towels, pots, pans and dishes.
  • Access to basic needs such as food, utility support, cleaning supplies and toiletries; all the things needed to get settled in a new home and maintain stability.
  • Access to child care, allowing parents to attend job interviews of go to work to earn an income to support themselves.

Donate to Aspen's Sustainable Families program and help provide intensive support for families facing homelessness today. To make a contribution, click the donation button below and select Sustainable Families on the donation form.

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