Social services ‘almost impossible’ for vulnerable to navigate: Report
housing supports in Calgary that don’t work together closely enough makes it harder to assist vulnerable people who need help, according to a new report from the University of Calgary.
The new study, released by the School of Public Policy on Tuesday, argues Alberta’s roughly 20,000 social and community services working to address homelessness and related issues should be integrating better by sharing more data, streamlining what they offer, and in some cases, shutting down services that aren’t needed.
Don Baker, a mental health and addictions advocate who has lived in Calgary for more than a decade, has seen how difficult navigating Calgary’s social safety net can be.
The 64-year-old, who’s currently homeless himself, questions why services to assist with mental health and addiction don’t work more closely with housing organizations.