what we did
We had relatively easy access to traditional data from local and national sources – socio-economic measures, neighbourhood vulnerability indices, census data, crime rates, and so on. With the help of our RECOVER partners, we also had access to data related to social services and programming. Using an interactive mapping program, we mapped data geographically. We also layered different data sets to tell a more complete story. Interactive mapping has helped us see important patterns that have informed our approach.
We have combined the typical neighbourhood profile data - demographic and vulnerability measures, such as income/low income, movers, renters, new immigrants, etc, with what we are calling demand indicators - data from our partners at Reach, 211, and Boyle Community Services, to map out where actual need is being demonstrated.
# of People in Low Income (2011) with 211 Basic Needs Calls (2017)
People with low income are at a higher risk for falling into more vulnerable states. While need, as demonstrated by calls to 211 requesting Basic Needs services, such as food, shelter, and material goods, appears to be concentrated in neighbourhoods with high numbers of low income people, this also shows that there are people at risk in a wide range of Edmonton neighbourhoods.
211 Calls for Basic Needs and Mental Health/Addictions with Reach 24/7 Calls Involving Homelessnes
Higher needs calls (mental health, addictions, homelessness, basic needs) for both “demand indicator” services have a high concentration of calls within our Recover boundary, showing we have started off Recover in the right part of the city.
However there are additional areas showing growing need, such as those two large clusters south of the river in the Strathcona/University area. A hot spot analysis of the Reach 24/7 data (not pictured) showed the Strathcona/University area as an emerging hot spot (while the downtown was considered a persistent hotspot).
Reach 24/7 Winter Calls with Agencies Supporting Homeless People
The demand for Reach’s 24/7 Crisis Diversion services are spread throughout the city, even in winter, when one might expect people to stick close to downtown and the agencies that support them.
We can also see the intense clustering of agencies supporting homeless and marginalized people within the Recover neighbourhoods.