The Edmonton Public Library’s outreach program, which focuses on supporting the city’s homeless population, is expanding to five more libraries. The program, which partners with Boyle Street Community Services, was launched in 2011 in response to the growing number of people seeking refuge at the downtown Stanley Milner branch.
Jared Tkachuk, an outreach worker, explains that the library offers a save and comfortable environment where homeless people can get connected with resources such as housing, addiction treatment, medical care, and jobs. The province funded the program for the first three years of operations. Then the library stepped in to cover costs when funding ran out.
Read more about this effort at http://globalnews.ca/news/1681802/edmonton-public-library-expands-program-helping-homeless/.