A small community in northwestern Alberta says it dismantled a homeless camp on private property last week after receiving complaints about criminal activity. But advocates for the dozen or so First Nation and Métis peoples evicted from the homemade shacks are calling for compassion. Continue reading ‘They’re human beings’: Alberta town takes down homeless camp
The City of Edmonton is updating how it responds to encampments with a focus on providing housing and support to those in need while discouraging the continued presence of homeless camps. “They will move to close down those camps in as short order as we possibly can,” said Rob Smyth with the city. https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/edmonton-plans-for-new-approach-to-homeless-encampments-1.5406075 Continue reading Edmonton plans for new approach to homeless encampments
The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy said there is a “misconception that people who experience homelessness are the same people, month in and month out,” when, in fact, people who use emergency shelters are “not necessarily the same people who will use them next month.” Continue reading There is more turnover at Calgary homeless shelters than you think, new study suggests
On any given night in Calgary, roughly 3,000 people are homeless. Many of those who experience homelessness suffer from physical and mental health challenges including addiction and trauma. In 2008, the city launched a 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. While it didn’t achieve its ultimate goal, it did lead to a 32 per cent … Continue reading The toughest cases of homelessness: Is there a way out?