COVID-19 and the Fate of Homeless Persons with Concurrent Disorders

Recorded Date: October 22, 2020

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on society, but the effects on those struggling with homelessness, addictions, and mental health problems (concurrent disorders) are even more damaging. Already marginalized, members in these populations in shelters and other accommodation settings have been moved into single occupancy motels, parks, and other community settings overseen by local governments – access to available care is even more difficult to obtain. At the same time, service providers are limited in their ability to respond as the precautions required by health protocols limit interaction with their clients.

Hosts Dr. Michael Young, Director of the School of Humanitarian Studies and Program Head of the Master of Arts in Justice Studies, and Eva Silden, a faculty member within the Diploma in Criminal Justice Program at Camosun College, engage in dialogue on the effects of COVID-19 protocols on social service providers and police who interact with homeless persons on a regular basis. Panelists identify their service activities before and after the pandemic's arrival and explore how they see the future of providing services to those in need as we move forward.

Meet the Panelists:

  • Evan James, Team Lead at the Umbrella Society
  • Lisa Crossman, Peer Housing Support Coordinator with the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Nicolas Methot, Client Engagement Facilitator for the Victoria Cool Aid Society
  • Inspector Todd Preston, current Officer in Charge at the West Shore Detachment 

Resources to Explore:

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