Improving Health and Housing Outcomes for Those Experiencing Chronic Homelessness in Calgary
Access to health services should be available through the entire homeless system of care including shelter, supportive housing, and mobile outreach.
- Sustainable funding for multi-disciplinary health teams integrated into shelters, housing, and correctional services;
- Increased capacity for health and medical supports in shelters and mobile outreach for homeless Calgarians awaiting transition to housing;
- Increased capacity for mobile medical and dental supports, including mobile palliative care programming;
- Establishing a discharge planning process with Alberta Health Services, local hospitals, justice, and local shelters, and piloting step-down care for homeless Calgarians;
- The re-purposing of existing long-term care facilities or shelters for end of life care and/or transitional care;
- Support for a community health centre model in shelters that provides team-based care and addresses the social barriers to health faced by homeless individuals;
- Increased efforts to attach homeless individuals to a ‘health home’ to increase continuity of care, in alignment with the Alberta Primary Health Care Strategy.