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Feb 09, 2024
A new navigation and support centre in Edmonton is making a big difference for people experiencing homelessness who have been removed from encampments. Encampments are not the answer to solving homelessness, and in fact, are making things worse for the vulnerable people living in them.
Over the past couple of months, Alberta’s government has worked closely with Edmonton police and fire rescue, Indigenous partners, Alberta Health Services, and local shelter providers to come up with a strategy to take people from encampments and connect them to supports and services that will help them get back on their feet.
To achieve this, the province launched its navigation and support centre in Edmonton in mid-January to provide people displaced from encampments with a one-stop shop where their basic needs can be met. Supports available include Indigenous cultural supports, help navigating the shelter system, connection to existing housing and financial support, identification cards, and health and addiction services. Already, over 180 community members have visited the centre to receive services, and that number continues to grow every day.