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1st-ever rural Alberta homeless count will gather data on ‘chronic housing shortages’ – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201851 Views

‘[Rural] homelessness is much more hidden … we need to nip the problem there before we can solve it in cities’

Oct 11, 2018

For the first time, a province-wide count will look at the extent of homelessness across rural Alberta.

The count, which includes 21 communities, will be one of the largest projects to collect rural homelessness data in the world. It’s being organized by the Alberta Rural Development Network. Social service providers in each community will survey clients to collect the data.

Bruce Iron Shirt is the Blood Tribe’s family community support services director.

He hopes the count will provide baseline data, which could guide future strategies to address the problem on the First Nation, which is located near Lethbridge.

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