Posted on August 16, 2013 by Naomi Finseth

The Camrose Open Door and the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) released a report on the recent Open Door Needs Assessment. The intention of this needs assessment was to establish the type, reach and potential opportunities and challenges facing rural youth homeless in the Camrose region. Youths aged 16 to 24 who are unable to live with parents or guardians are increasingly vulnerable to homelessness due to a lack of affordable housing.

Identifies Six Marginalized Groups and Offers Three Recommendations to Improve on Youth Homelessness in Camrose

August 16, 2013 Camrose, AB – Today the Camrose Open Door and the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) released a report on the recent Open Door Needs Assessment. The intention of this needs assessment was to establish the type, reach and potential opportunities and challenges facing rural youth homeless in the Camrose region. Youths aged 16 to 24 who are unable to live with parents or guardians are increasingly vulnerable to homelessness due to a lack of affordable housing.

“Many people assume that because they don’t see people on the streets that there’s no homelessness in rural Alberta.” explains Dr. Lars K Hallstrom. “This is, unfortunately, very wrong.”

This project is a first step toward a thorough analysis of the needs of homeless and at-risk youth in order to identify service gaps and develop a strategic action plan for the Open Door to create transitional housing and support services for these target groups.

The project was a joint initiative between the Open Door and the ACSRC, under the direction of Dr. Hallstrom, and colleagues, Dr. Karsten Mundel, director of the Learning and Beyond Office at Augustana Campus, and Dr. Solina Richter, Associate Professor Nursing at U of A, researcher, Wynn Coates and research assistant, Naomi Finseth. Funding for the research was provided by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

For more information or to review the report, please visit the Open Door website:

http://www.camroseopendoor.com/

Or

The ACSRC website at: http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/research/centres/acsrc/

 

About the Open Door

The Camrose Open Door Association provides short term and transitional supportive housing focused on youth aged 16-24. It also offers counselling, skill development, work experience and outreach services (drop in and through a 24-hour helpline).

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CamroseOpenDoor
Twitter:@OpenDoorED

Media Contact:

Randal Nickel
Executive Director, Camrose Open Door
Tel: (780)-679-6803

About the ACSRC

The ACSRC is a joint-initiative of the Augustana Campus and Faculty of ALES, and has a core operating budget and staff supported by both of these faculties. Project funds are derived from research and other grants, contribution agreements and contracts with agencies such as the Tri-Council, provincial government and similar bodies.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UofA.ACSRC
Twitter:  @acsrc
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/AdminACSRC

Media Contact:

Dr. Lars K Hallstrom
Director, ACSRC
Tel: (780) 679-1672
Email: lars.hallstrom@ualberta.ca


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