Clinical psychologist Sam Tsemberis acted when he saw homeless programs in New York were not working. Homeless people had to show they had overcome addiction and mental illness, and found work, before getting housing. Social agencies were putting the cart before the horse by not housing them first. https://www.saultstar.com/opinion/homeless-people-are-our-brothers-and-sisters Continue reading Homeless people are our brothers and sisters
Some very poor people in Surrey are saying enough is enough. After repeated seizures of their possessions by police and bylaw officers, they held a rally outside the Surrey Urban Mission Society office in Whalley earlier this month. They’ve alleged that the City of Surrey “steals from the homeless”. https://www.straight.com/news/homeless-people-in-surrey-rise-up-against-police-and-bylaw-officers-seizing-their-possessions Continue reading Homeless people in Surrey rise up against police and bylaw officers seizing their possessions
It has always been clear to me that substance use disorders are mental illnesses. I see my parent in every person I work with. I would never judge someone for their current reality, as mental illness can be experienced by anyone. From my life experience and professional experience, it is evident to me the only … Continue reading Substance users need solidarity and support, not judgment
From the State of Homelessness in Canada 2016. For the full report visit: https://homelesshub.ca/sites/default/files/SOHC16_final_20Oct2016.pdf Continue reading Homelessness in Canada in one infographic
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?
Neither these catastrophic outcomes nor the misgivings of police themselves have produced an answer to the obvious question: How should society handle these kinds of incidents? If not law enforcement, who should intervene? https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/12/cahoots-program-may-reduce-likelihood-of-police-violence/617477/ Continue reading An Alternative to Police That Police Can Get Behind
Almost 70 percent of them were food secure in one month. On average, the cash recipients spent a total of three fewer months in a shelter than those in the control group. After one year, cash recipients reduced their spending on alcohol, drugs and cigarettes by an average of almost 40 percent, challenging “the widespread … Continue reading Vancouver Gave Homeless People $5,800. It Changed Their Lives.
“The overarching philosophy and priority of getting people inside and getting them the support they need is entirely formed by my years working with folks living outside or in the Downtown Eastside.” https://biv.com/article/2021/02/qa-bc-housing-minister-david-eby-talks-payback-combatting-homelessness Continue reading Q&A: B.C. housing minister David Eby on combatting homelessness
Research conducted in Canada and elsewhere has demonstrated the feasibility, effectiveness, and cost savings associated with recovery-oriented housing. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/julian-somers-addiction-homelessness-and-evidence-to-build-back-better Continue reading Opinion: Addiction, homelessness and ways to improve
End Homelessness Winnipeg (EHW), an Indigenous agency that advocates for unsheltered Winnipeggers, has released a guide to help residents understand and interact with people experiencing homelessness. https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/homeless-need-support-not-stigma-and-stereotypes-homelessness-advocate-says Continue reading Homeless need support, not stigma and stereotypes, homelessness advocate says