Calgary's skid row: population and services
LccHV 4050 C3 A63 1986
LcshPoor - Alberta - Calgary
Calgary (Alta.) - Social conditions
Social service - Alberta - Calgary
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AbstractA qualitative study has been conducted to discover the extent of fit between the destitute inner city population in Calgary, and the services provided to them. The aim has also been to better understand what life on or close to Skid Row is like subjectively. In order to better locate the local situation, a historical overview has been carried out. The author has reviewed studies concerning Skid Row populations elsewhere, and the gradual evolution of societal responses to these populations. A current comparison of both populations and responses has been attempted also through correspondence and visits. The Calgary situation has been studied and described. A I imited local survey of persons in the local Skid Row area has been completed. A vital part of this has been the gathering of subjective views on the services presently offered. The local findings have been largely in agreement with the litera-ture, and current reports from elsewhere. Skid Row individuals are largely male, single and underemployed. Destitution, powerlessness, inadequate shelter and considerable alcohol use are typical conditions. Skid Row services often do not meet the needs of the individuals of that area. Many are forced into the rehabilitative sector because of homelessness, or other hardships, and convert the service into a survival aid. The last chapter offers conclusions and recommendations based on these findings.
Bibliography: p. 186-193.
CitationAl-Issa, B. H. (1984). Calgary's skid row: population and services (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/19390
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