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The city’s Street Out­reach Team is made up of pub­lic health and psy­chi­atric nurses, hous­ing work­ers, so­cial work­ers, a youth worker, a harm-re­duc­tion worker and an ad­dic­tion coun­sel­lor. The team’s job is to meet with peo­ple on the street to help them ac­cess in­come re­sources, health care, hous­ing and other sup­port, says pub­lic health spokesper­son Ais­ling Hig­gins. That in­cludes “build­ing trust­ing re­la­tion­ships” with peo­ple who “may or may not be liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness/ad­dic­tions,” she noted. Out­side agen­cies, such as Wes­ley Ur­ban Min­istries, also help out.

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