The Homeward Walk Run is hosted annually in the spring by Homeward Trust to raise awareness of homelessness and funds to support our goal of ending homelessness. This family friendly event brings together enthusiastic community members for a 10 km run, a 5 km walk or run, and a free kids’ fun run.

Registration is now open for the 2017 Homeward Walk|Run happening on Sunday, June 18 at Whitemud Park. Proceeds support incentives to end youth homelessness at John Howard Society, E4c, YESS, and iHuman.  Click here to register.

Register Now for the 2017 Indigenous Gathering

The annual Indigenous Gathering is a place to come together as a community, share our knowledge, and speak to experiences of urban Indigenous housing and homelessness. It’s an opportunity for dialogue and identifying key priorities as a community, with the vision of developing an Indigenous Housing Strategy Edmonton. Please join us in conversation as we reflect on the past year and prepare for the future.

Expanding upon the 2016 Edmonton Community Plan: Urban Aboriginal Strategy project, and using a community approach of respect, recognition and collaboration, our focus on this day will be aimed at building a strategic framework in support of  an Indigenous Housing Strategy for Edmonton. Your participation is invaluable to ensure that proper consideration has been given to priorities and actions, and in identifying responsibilities going forward.

Indigenous Gathering
Wednesday, March 29
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Ramada Edmonton Hotel and Conference Centre

Keynote Speaker: Jesse Thistle

Register for the Gathering here

Take the Indigenous Housing Strategy survey here.

The ROOPH Awards (Recognizing Outstanding Organizations and People in Housing) recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that work to address affordable housing and homelessness initiatives in our city, whether paid or in a volunteer role. Ending homelessness is a community-wide commitment, and the award finalists and winners reflect that. The event also gives those who work to end homelessness a chance to come together and celebrate achievements and milestones. All sections of the community are encouraged to apply.

Nominees Announced for the 12th Annual ROOPH Awards

Please join us in congratulating the nominees for the 2017 ROOPH Awards. An amazing group of people, organizations, and programs have been nominated in these categories:

Larry Shaben Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Housing Sector

Greg Dewling, Capital Region Housing Corporation
David French, Homeless Supports Initiative, Alberta Community and Social Services
Bob McKeon, Social Justice Coordinator retired, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton

General Award Category (five awards will be presented)

Suzanne Kassian, Project Manager, Youth Housing First Project
Hope Terrace, Bissell Centre
Cheryl Meyer, DiverseCity
Community Bridge Program, Bissell Centre
Susan Morrissey, Edmonton Social Planning Council
Renee Fairley, Westwood Manor the Mustard Seed
Christopher’s Place, George Spady Society
Homeless on Public Lands Initiative
YEG Youth Connect 2016
Youth Residential Services, Edmonton John Howard Society
Councillor Scott McKeen, City of Edmonton
Mosaic Centre Staff & Volunteers
Free Pop-up Street Store, Op: Help the Less Fortunate


This year’s ROOPH Awards will be handed out Thursday, March 9. Entertainment will be provided by Running Thunder Dancers. Click here to purchase tickets for the Awards Luncheon.

Event Details:

2017 ROOPH Awards Luncheon
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Westin Hotel Ballroom

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deborah at or 780-944-2979.

Larry Shaben Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Housing Sector

This award recognizes individuals who are highly committed to working in the housing sector, who promote or develop housing or related services and who are passionate about what they do. This award is named in memory of Larry Shaben, a former member of the legislative assembly, the provincial cabinet and a long-time housing advocate.

Larry Shaben Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Housing Sector Past Recipients

  • 2016 – Lynn Hannley, Communitas
  • 2015 – Deb Cautley, Youth Empowerment & Support Services
  • 2014 – Stephen Mandel, Former Mayor, City of Edmonton 
  • 2013 – Franco Savoia, YMCA of Northern Alberta
  • 2012 – Alfred Nikolai, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
  • 2011 – Hope Hunter, Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
  • 2010 – Jim Gurnett, Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
  • 2009 – Linda Hughes, Edmonton Committee to End Homelessness
  • 2008 – Murray Soroka, Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre
  • 2007 – George Kelly, Edmonton Inner City Housing Society
  • 2006 – Kent Fletcher, Capital Region Housing Corporation

Past ROOPH Award Recipients      

2016 ROOPH Award Recipients

  • Ottewell Terrace, Rockliff Pierzchajlo Architects & Planners, GEF Seniors Housing & Primrose Place
  • Inner City Health and Wellness Program, Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Gayle Haynes, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • YESS – Youth Empowerment and Support Services
  • Hilda Francis – Boyle Street Community Services

2015 ROOPH Award Recipients 

  • Ambrose Place
  • Angela Rozycki, Grade 6 Teacher, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Brentwood Family Housing & Terra Centre
  • Nor’Ali McDaniel, Housing Outreach Community of Practice

Partnerships for Success

  • 2014 – Linda Hut, City Hall School
  • 2013 – City Wide Street Outreach Team
  • 2012 – Shaw Conference Centre
  • 2011 – Boardwalk Rental Communities
  • 2010 – Edmonton Youth Council Sub-Committee on Homelessness
  • 2009 – Housing Support Services HUB, Kourch Chan
  • 2008 – Vinterra Properties Inc. Arnie Gable
  • 2007 – Concept Developments Ltd. And the Umisk Affordable Housing Society
  • 2006 – The Home Program

Excellence in Building Design

  • 2014 – Parkdale Residential Project, CRHC
  • 2013 – WINGS of Providence, The House Next Door
  • 2012 – Integrated Management and Realty Ltd. Canora Place
  • 2011 – ArtsHub 118
  • 2010 – HIP Architects
  • 2008 – Italian Village – Pino Brothers Affordable Housing
  • 2007 – L’Arche Ted Bradshaw House
  • 2006 – Cunningham Place, Native Counselling Services of Alberta

Exceptional Volunteerism in the Housing Sector

  • 2014 – Miles Kohan and Ann Kaul, Kohan Foundation
  • 2013 – Homefest Concert
  • 2012 – Les Umperville
  • 2011 – Orest Myckan (Individual) and No Room in the Inn (group)
  • 2010 – Direct Energy
  • 2009 – Katie Lambert
  • 2008 – Don Neufeld, Habitat for Humanity
  • 2007 – L’arche Association of Edmonton Planning Committee
  • 2006 – Bob McKeon, Edmonton Inner City Housing Society

Outstanding Service for the Aboriginal Community

  • 2014 – Colleen Mustus, Nikihk Aboriginal Housing
  • 2013 – Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
  • 2012 – Elsey Gauthier
  • 2011 – Cheryl Whiskeyjack
  • 2010 – Ed Lavallee
  • 2009 – Faye Dewar
  • 2008 – Marg Milicevic, Native Counselling Services of Alberta
  • 2007 – Jennifer Hunter, Boyle Street Community Services
  • 2006 – Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society

Special Recognitions

  • 2012 – Former Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach received a Special Recognition Award for Leadership towards Ending Homelessness.
  • 2008 – Reginald Appleyard received a Special Recognition Award for his contributions to public housing initiatives through his work with the Meadowcroft Housing Society.

Homeless Connect Edmonton is a broad-based community-inspired initiative that takes place twice a year. Over the course of one day, those experiencing homelessness are welcomed into the Shaw Conference Centre where they can access vital services that help open doors out of homelessness, build lasting partnerships, raise public awareness of homelessness in the community, and provide a vehicle for community involvement in addressing the issue of homelessness.

Homeless Connect is a truly unique display of our community’s commitment to care and compassion for all of the city’s residents. It provides an incredible range of services free of charge to people experiencing homelessness and those at risk, on one day and at one location.

Services include mental health assessments, library services, foot care, haircuts, immunizations, birth control, pre-natal support, laundry, housing information, employment and training services, and much more.

National Housing Day was established in 1998 by Canada’s Big City Mayors to highlight the need for safe and affordable housing for all Canadians. In conjunction with National Housing Day, November 22, Edmonton recognizes November as Housing Month. This annual campaign aims to raise awareness of the need for and importance of safe, quality, affordable housing in our community.

Homeward Trust is a proud partner of Raising the Roof, a national campaign running from November through February that raises funds to support ending youth homelessness. Throughout the campaign, partners sell toques as a fundraiser, culminating in ‘Toque Tuesday,’ the first Tuesday in February. All Edmontonians are encouraged to wear a Raising the Roof toque in support of ending youth homelessness.

100% of all donations stay in our community, with 50% of sales proceeds going to support local youth and family initiatives.

2017 Campaign

This year’s campaign proceeds will support SAFQEY , an Edmonton grassroots group raising awareness around the growing issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness. To get involved you can buy a toque at our office or online, or consider selling items in your workplace, your community, and on Toque Tuesday (February 7) in locations throughout the city.

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