Established in 1990, the SHARP Foundation is a Calgary-based non-profit organization committed to providing a continuum of care including housing, healthcare, and support to those individuals affected by HIV. From 1993 to 1998, the SHARP Foundation's primary focus was providing palliative care as well as controlling symptoms and maximizing the quality of life in a caring, non-judgmental environment.
With the help of modern advancements in medication and treatment, people living with HIV are now living longer, but still face marginalization within our community.
Today, The SHARP Foundation's main focus is helping residents live longer and have sustainable lives instead of primarily acting as a palliative care facility, but most importantly help residents become independent and integrate in the community.
SHARP operates five programs located in various Calgary residential neighbourhoods which provide affordable housing as well as medical and psycho-social needs. Generally the services are targeted to individuals living with HIV coming from diverse communities or backgrounds.