Homelessness and employment: The case of Calgary
I’ve just written a blog post about homelessness and employment, with a focus on Calgary (where I live and work).
Points raised in the blog post include the following:
-Persons experiencing homelessness usually have poor health outcomes, making it especially challenging to find and sustain employment.
-There are several non-profits in Calgary that assist persons experiencing homelessness to find and sustain work.
-Persons finding the most success in those programs tend to be relatively healthy (compared with their peers) and be between the ages of 25 and 60.
-In some cases, persons experiencing homelessness are overqualified for jobs.
-There is some evidence that subsidized housing can improve employment outcomes.
The link to the full blog post is here.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant. He has a PhD in public policy.