So­cial ser­vices ‘al­most im­pos­si­ble’ for vul­ner­a­ble to nav­i­gate: Re­port

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - ANDREW JEF­FREY

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.

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