On December 5, 2013, Dr. Gary Bowie, Chair of Social Housing In Action (SHIA), presented the final report on the 2013 Bringing Lethbridge Home Homeless Census to Mayor Chris Spearman to be passed on to the SHIA Committee of Council. Bob Campbell, a member of the SHIA Executive and Chair of the SHIA Research and Evaluation Committee spoke briefly about the benefits and purpose of doing homeless counts and how they can inform program development in the efforts to end homelessness.
We have the knowledge, the evidence and the strategies to improve the plight of those who fall between the cracks and stay there for long periods of time. But every night, the shelters continue to fill up, and every day, the many people who are homeless on our streets watch as we pass by with eyes averted.
At this moment, Canada has an opportunity to take action and reduce homelessness dramatically by expanding strategies we already know can work.