© Calgary Herald

Shifting priorities from front-line triage to long-term care has helped the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre reduce its chronically homeless population by 22 per cent over the last year.

The centre, also known as the DI, has helped find homes for 326 clients in the last 12 months using a housing-focused strategy — that’s more people housed in one year than in the entire history of the shelter. With space to temporarily shelter some 750 homeless or at-risk Calgarians, the DI has long been touted as North America’s largest homeless shelter.