Homelessness in Edmonton

by gbrouillard on March 30, 2016 - 4:23pm

In the article called “Colby Cosh: The magic of ‘ending homelessness’ — and ending up with more” by Colby Cosh in the National Post on March 21st, 2016, the author comments on the state of homelessness in Canada, more particularly in Edmonton, Alberta. The main highlight is that this winter has been a very busy one for the homeless shelters, even if this winter was not as harsh as the previous years. Plus, the staff working in these shelters reported a 42 per cent increase in outdoor sleeping. This is something that should be improved in Canada since we are considered as a wealthy country and we are supposed to have the funds to resolve this social problem. Furthermore, Edmonton is presently in the eight year of a ten year plan for ending homelessness. However, this plan seems to be failing from A to Z since the homelessness rate in this province has raised over the last five years. One of the main reason for that is the fact that the government let go more or less of the idea. For example, the original project was supposed to receive a $10 billion found, they actually received $600 million. For me, homelessness is a social problem that has to be resolved by the government and the society. Efforts have to be made from one part and the other to have success and the emphasis has to be put on the well-being of these people living in the street. 


Your facts are very relevant. It demonstrates the lack of investment for homeless people in Canada. As a rich and cold country it is a serious issue to consider. The article you wrote is kind of linked to a volunteer paper I earlier made. I volunteered to organizations that help immigrants to adapt better in their new place. Itinerants, in general come from the low social class and they are uneducated. Immigrants, when they arrive are often in the same situation. So, it is not rare to see immigrants that turn to itinerants. So, as you can understand our two paper are kind of linked, since they deal with the same kind of problem.

First of all, I would like to congratulate you for this very informative article. With your article I have learn more about the homelessness situation in Edmonton. I was not aware that this governmental project about homelessness was taking place in Edmonton. I find outraging that the government of Canada does not respect his engagement. $600 million is definitely not enough to take down homelessness. For my part, I also wrote an article about the homeless conditions in Canada, particularly in British Columbia. In my article I explain that homeless deaths could be preventable and even totally avoided. Overdose deaths and suicide are could be preventable if some project like the one you talk about in your article was put in place.

Here is a link to my article: http://newsactivist.com/en/news-summary/champlain-college-2016-newsactiv...

Very good article. It gives to the reader a clear summary of the event. State of homelessness in Canada is very alarming; more and more people become homeless people. In my own opinion, I do believe that Federal government must do something to help these individuals.
I posted last week a volunteering post which offer the possibility to help disadvantaged people in St-Bruno. The job mainly consists in bringing to many disadvantaged people meals. If, by any chance, you would like to volunteer and helping the poor at the same time, the Centre d'Action Bénévole of Saint-Bruno (CABST-BRUNO), Les P'tits Bonheurs might be a great place to combine both.

The summary you wrote is very good since it gives an extremely good idea on how homelessness is a threat and is extremely present in our societies, even if your article is about homelessness in Edmonton. The Canadian governement has to solve a problem, as they supposedly consider themselves as being a progressive government compared to the one which was there before. Montreal has a lot of homeless people and it is why I decided to ask for volunteer work in Accueil Bonneau, a non-profit organization that does the same. I invite you to volunteer and show how this reality affects you. (http://www.newsactivist.com/en/champlain-college-2016-newsactivist-conte...)