Homelessness in Alberta

by fhall1 on October 21, 2013 - 11:21pm

Is Homelessness a Serious Issue or Not in Alberta?
 
Throughout this article, the two authors, Katharina Kovacs Burns and Solina Richter, talk about the ten-year plan to get rid of homelessness in Alberta, Canada. An Alberta environmental scan was piloted to identify homelessness and research the capacity in Alberta and seven urban centers between 1990 and 2010. The community and government need to be broader to be able to better understand what homelessness research and evidence exists. Also, the homeless need the support and services to get out and stay out of homelessness. The six main deliverables that are identified with the Alberta Homelessness Research Consortium are; Registry of Alberta Homelessness Researchers, Inventory of Homelessness Networks, List of Researchers and Community/Government Representatives interested in the proposed Alberta Homelessness Network, Annotated Bibliography of Published Homelessness Research Literature, Annotated Bibliography of the Grey or Unpublished Literature, and finally, Gaps and Challenges in Homelessness Research. Each of these deliverables have been explored in terms of approach and presentation. Overall, the environmental scan of Alberta has been very beneficial in creating a “baseline of Alberta homelessness research and research-related data and information from 1990 to 2010 which can be used to guide further research or guide decisions regarding homelessness programs, services and policies” (19).
The main purpose of this article is to distinguish the need to identify homelessness in Alberta.
The main assumptions underlying the author’s thinking are that the government is unaware if there is even an issue of homelessness and they wouldn’t know how to fix it if there was a problem. If we fail to take the issue of homelessness seriously, the implications are that homelessness can become an even bigger issue and more people will become homeless and never be able to get out of it. The main point of view presented in this article is that research needs to be done to begin resolving the issue of homelessness in Alberta. 

Burns, K., & Richter, S. (2011). Alberta's Urban Homelessness Research Capacities: A Comprehensive Environmental Scan from 1990 to 2010. Canadian Journal Of Urban Research20(2), 71-90.

 

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