President & CEO
Tim Richter is the President & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) and Vice Chair of the CAEH Board of Directors. Prior to joining the CAEH, Tim was President & CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF), charged with leading the implementation of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness – the first plan of its kind in Canada.
In the first four years of Calgary’s 10 Year Plan more than 4,000 homeless men, women and children were housed, 3,582 units of affordable housing were funded, and homelessness went down for the first time in 20 years of counting.
Between 1992 and 2006, Calgary had Canada’s fastest growing rate of homelessness. In the first point in time count of homelessness since the 10 Year Plan was introduced overall homelessness in Calgary was down 11.4% from 2008 (24% below a conservative business as usual projection) and family homelessness was down nearly 20%.
Under Mr. Richter’s leadership, the CHF:
- built and sustained public, agency and political support for action on homelessness;
- invested over $150 million in Federal and Provincial government funding in over 40 programs and a rapidly growing affordable housing portfolio;
- introduced Project Homeless Connect to Canada;
- initiated the development and implementation of several Housing First programs, including Pathways to Housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness and mental illness, Canada’s first Housing First response to domestic violence, and Housing First programs in six provincially funded shelters;
- worked with young people and youth serving agencies to create Canada’s first Plan to End Youth Homelessness;
- helped develop the “Working with Homeless Populations” certificate program at the University of Calgary;
- initiated the development of a three year research agenda on homelessness and the creation of a research network, positioning the CHF as a national leader on housing and homelessness research and public policy;
- introduced Canada’s first Homeless Management Information System to aid in meaningful data collection and homeless services navigation; and
- led the creation of an international research and practice partnership between homelessness leaders in Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States and Australia.
Prior to joining the CHF, Mr. Richter was Director of Government Relations at TransAlta Corporation. He has also worked as a political staffer in Ottawa and has served seven years in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve.
Mr. Richter received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Applied Communications (Public Relations) from Mount Royal University in Calgary. In 2006, he was recognized as one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 by CalgaryInc. (Avenue) Magazine.