Calary's Eastern Downtown Core:
Social Perspectives

Publisher:  Preventative Social Services Division, City of Calgary, Social Service Dept, Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX499

The research for this report was completed during the summer of 1975. Its purpose was to obtain an overview of the social problems in Calgary's Eastern downtown core.

Abstract:  The research for this report was completed during the summer of 1975. Its purpose was to obtain an overview of the social problems in Calgary's Eastern downtown core. The information was gathered through interviews with a wide variety of downtown services, businesses and organizations. Census data was also used in the report to show that the population of this area, which is both older and poorer than in any other section of Calgary, is also increasing. Senior citizens and "unattached individuals" are the dominant population groups, often living in subsidized rooms or hostels. The social problems of the area, as suggested by the interviews, are listed in order of the number identifying the problem. Co-ordination of services was the need stated most often, followed by the need for "personal and social development of individuals" and "public protection." Each of the 17 problem areas identified is substantiated by quotes from those interviewed. Based on the information gathered, the report recommends that the following be developed in Calgary:

(1) a comprehensive plan for the area

(2) a policy with respect to senior citizens' housing

(3) a policy with respect to transient housing, and

(4) an "outreach demonstrating project" to enhance access to services.

As a result of the report, four people have been hired as outreach workers in this core area.

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