Too few jobs, inadequate income assistance programs, major health challenges and a lack of subsidized child care all pose barriers to employment for persons experiencing homelessness. Fortunately, programs in Calgary offered by Mustard Seed, the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, and Calgary John Howard Society help many persons experiencing homelessness to overcome some of these barriers. For a “big picture” advocacy ask at the federal level that could address all of these issues, check out this year’s Alternative Federal Budget; and for a similar “big picture” ask at the provincial level, check out this year’s Alberta Alternative Budget (coming soon!).