Arches:
What support services is our community missing in order to best support people who use drugs, people who engage in sex work, or people who are homeless?

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Burke

Answer

The City needs to continue advocating for Harm Reduction strategies. We need to advocate for safe injection sites, a medical detox centre, a day program for our homeless population, permanent supportive housing, and more affordable housing. We also need to set-up services to help individuals find the supports that are right for them and navigate systems to reduce resources that are wasted in diverting and mitigating social issues sooner.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

Answer

We need a safe injection site, please see my earlier comments on this issue. I support the German model on brothels; sex workers need a safe place and inspected facilities in order to be safe. The vibrant Lethbridge Poverty Report of 2015 recommends that affordable housing must be a priority and that we must set a goal of eliminating homelessness from our community.

M

 

Campbell

Answer

I would have to discuss this with organizations like Streets Alive and Bridges of Hope who have a better understanding of the issue.

J

 

Carlson

Answer

Drug use: Safe injection site (coming). Intox and Detox Centre. Sex Workers: Supportive Counselling . Drop in Centres and Support Groups. Homeless: We have great programs in place now (HomeBase, YouthHub), but more affordable, supportive housing is needed.

J

 

Coffman

Answer

Lethbridge lacks: a) a coordinating agency or organization that can help marginalized individuals access multiple services, such as a physician, mental health and addiction services, counseling, et cetera; b) enough short-term safe spaces for individuals accessing these services, spaces free from harm and abuse, and; c) affordable housing. The City must continue to identify the services we lack in this community and create a strategy for addressing the short and long-term needs. City Council must advocate on behalf of these individuals to other orders of government for the services they require.

B

 

Crowson

Answer

From what I have learned through discussion with experts, Lethbridge residents would be helped in the short-term by a detox center, an increase in the staffing level of the DOT(downtown outreach team), greater counseling and support systems (for mental health issues and addiction issues), an intox centre (safe sobering site), and more housing options. For long-term solutions, we also need to look at supports for the prevention of poverty and childhood trauma. We must all (all levels of government and the public) work together in these areas.

C

 

Germshied

Answer

We have developed a support system that calls the afflicted to come to us. What we need to do is developer a system where our compassionate workers, and volunteers go out to the people.

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Gibb

Answer

Affordable housing is a concern in our city, and we need to actively look at ways to correct this. Higher density housing in our downtown core and offering better solutions for low income citizens should be a priority for city council to implement. Looking at denser, multi-purpose buildings in the city centre is a solution to this problem. Moving forward with the installment of a safe consumption site will provide increased support to drug users and offer them the resources they need to get clean. This will save us money over time as the current methods of dealing with overdose calls and drug debris pick up are not as cost effective as implementing a safe consumption site.

B

 

Ginther

Answer

My primary concern is for the homeless and I feel strongly that the City needs to do a much better job of providing affordable housing to all citizens regardless of income level/social status. I think it starts with a full realization that we DO have a homeless problem and that affordable housing is not really available to all!

M

 

Heavy Head

Answer

A transition home that is fully staffed 24/7 with trained professionals who know how to deal with addiction, mental illness, and poverty. Where resources and infrastructure are collected under one roof.

R

 

Hoffarth

Answer

Housing First is an initiative that is designed to service our homeless population and to serve as a basis for further services and help. It is not a strategy to deal with persons with addiction issues but it will need to service that population as part of their current mandate. These initiatives and mandates are almost exclusively Provincial or Federal in their scope and accountability, and the City has a very limited set of conditions and by-laws available to influence change. We must work and consult closely with government to build consensus around the concerns and specific needs that Lethbridge presents, so that we can help to create standards and make harm reduction successful.

B

 

Hyggen

Answer

Through Social housing in action (SHIA) the provincially supported program to address our city's most vulnerable, we are currently working with various agencies to help assist individuals that struggle with addictions. Many of these supported agencies also work with local sex trade workers. The continued cooperation with the Province will ensure these individuals do not fall through the cracks. As the board chair for the Lethbridge Housing Authority I am passionate about housing, more importantly appropriate housing in our community. The City of Lethbridge does require more housing that is RGI (rent geared to income) I strongly support advocating for appropriate housing initiatives.

L

 

Iwaskiw

Answer

We need detox beds, a safe sobering site, a shelter that provides daytime activities and more affordable housing.

R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

K

 

Layton

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

Answer

ARCHES needs a larger venue and safe injection site to facilitate the variety of support services they offer to help people leave their harmful addiction and lifestyle. Onsite support services have proven more successful and positive client outcomes when clients can get the help and support they need. The data tells us that people supporting people is the strongest healing agent in recovery and stabilization.

J

 

Mauro

Answer

I think we have most of the support services in our city.

D

 

Mikuliak

Answer

As stated previously, as our population grows, the percentage of people who are are disenfranchised and at a high risk also grows. As a community, it is important to address this. How? Firstly, acknowledgement of the problem as opposed to attempting to ignore it. Beyond that, truly attempting to understand where the roots of these social problems stem from and then attempting to provide structures to support those in our community who truly need the most support at this time. I am afraid that I am short on answers with regard to this issue, however, please know that I am greatly committed to working toward taking logical steps and investigating plausible solutions at the civic level.

R

 

Miyashiro

Answer

We need more front line people that are trained in these areas. Period.

R

 

Morrell

Answer

While I think it is great that the hospital is dedicating a few beds for detox, we are sorely lacking a proper detox centre, which I feel is greatly needed here.  The fact that our overdose rate is higher than anywhere in the province, speaks volumes to this regard.  Our homeless shelter is bursting at the seams, often turning away residents that come looking for help.  I would like to speak with those in Medicine Hat to find out how they are battling their homeless situation, and see if we can model our city in a similar fashion.  Our sex trade workers need access to long term mental health counselling and properly trained people to help with an exit strategy

N

 

Paladino

Answer

The use of drugs and sex work are personal choices. If and when help is needed or requested, rehab and detox centres would be my first thought. The City should consider building a new shelter on public land. (site to be determined)

R

 

Parker

Answer

- A safe injection site is needed in the community. - The homeless shelter must be upgraded. - City needs to bridge other types of social services.

H

 

PEREVERSEFF

Answer

We required a detoxification and a rehabilitation center in the City of Lethbridge. Referral and counselling services need to be readily available to the target group who use drugs, realizing of course that some drug uses may not be willing to engage in these services. Police and community outreach services play a role in dealing with drug uses and with those in the sex trade, realizing that both of these sectors will not be going away, regardless of intervention. The best option is to identify, enforce and prosecute to keep our community as safe as possible. Shelter(s) for the homeless are important, and once again we will always have this element of our society in our midst.

J

 

Pogorzelski

Answer

A proper shelter that is kept clean, up to date and frankly habitable. More support to the YWCA, last year they turned away a lot of woman in need room and board because they just didn't have any room left.

L

 

Saloff

Answer

we need an inclusive wrap around service in a visible area, that can assist in this. It is a never ending problem, but we can make a difference. Perhaps we can gather info from Edmonton who have a program in place to assist in this area.

J

 

Shackleford

Answer

I think the city does a good job in all these areas but education is the key. Getting these people a job so they feel some sense of community and self pride, mental health counselling to help them overcome mental health issues they may have. This is a 2 way street and people must meet these services halfway and realize there are people in your corner and want to help you but you need to want the help is a big first step.

C

 

Spearman

Answer

A supervised injection site is currently not available. Non-judgemental supports. Inadequate supply of social housing and associated wrap around services to ensure individuals can be successful living independently.

J

 

Takahashi

Answer

ARCHES is an amazing organization that provides essential services. But the need outweighs their ability. Their needs to be an increase in funding and support and the development of more locations to meet the needs of our community. Should I be elected I would appeal to ARCHES and members of the community they support to develop a plan to increase support.

B

 

Thurber

Answer

safe housing / affordable housing / drop in centers. access to medical professionals without going to emergency access to support workers.

S

 

Watson

Answer

I do not have the background to be able to make an informed statement for this question as to what support services our community is missing. However I would be following the advice and recommendations made from the experts in these fields and we also need to listen to the people who are living these situations or have in the past. We need to destigmatize and correct the mis-information surrounding people who use drugs, are engaged in sex work and/or are homeless. We need to support audits of our current services, such as the shelter, support services like Arches and safe injections sites. We need to support our emergency responders having up to date training.

D

 

Wiggers

Answer

I visited the soup kitchen and homeless shelter the other day and although the shelves were stocked and the users stomachs contented I see the facility underutilized in way of support services, neglected in ways of providing comfort. We must do more. We must do more to help the under-privileged find their way to self sufficiency. Give that hand up.

R

 

Woss

Answer

Vulnerable people especially need access to basics like a public rest room; like spaces for socializing and getting information on work and rehab resources. Established government facilities should be utilized.