LETHBRIDGE: The "Bringing Lethbridge Home" annual report was presented to the provincial and federal governments Thursday morning at city hall.
The report examines the success of our city over the last four years, as several groups work together to wipe out homelessness in Lethbridge. It's part of a five year plan, with a housing first approach that looks to create stability in a persons life by giving them a place to call their own.
Social Housing in Action Chair Doctor Gary Bowie stated that since 2008 street homelessness is down 93-per cent, and the population using the shelter has dropped by 25-per cent. He added that of the individuals housed, 94-per cent are able to maintain it. Since the program started 967 households have been permanently housed.
Bowie stated that while they're very happy with the results, there is still room to improve, "There's some things that we need to shore up with respect to our training of people that are working on homelessness and that sort of thing. There are some other programs for the folks who are really in deeper problems, we need to make sure they're helped more."
Bowie also talked about what's required to those that they house, "They need to be working on the process of dealing with the issues that they have, but even if there's a problem they still can maintain that. It's a process of making sure they have the help and supports along the way."
Wth the five year plan going into its final year, Bowie acknowledged that they will have to start putting together a new plan to keep things moving in the right direction.