City of Gardens

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-19
  • Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub

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This is an account of facts, figures and statistics proving that Victoria is losing their city to mental illness, addiction and homelessness. The social decay has impacted the economical, public services and affordable housing into a tailspin. Open drug use, panhandling and tent cities in Beacon Hill Park are just the start. There are 1,242 homeless or unstably housed people in Victoria. Out of the 815 surveyed, 48% said they had drug or alcohol issues, 42% are mentally ill while 27% stated they suffered from both. There are 1,500 to 2,000 injection drug users in Greater Victoria, 72% have Hepatitis C and 17% have HIV. There are between 600 to 800 crystal meth users in the region. The homeless count will double by the year 2010 if the is no assertive action to ease these conditions. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness was formed in 2008. They received a great solution on paper, but have had troubles receiving Federal, Provincial and public support to make things happen. The public has been ill informed causing hostile opposition against innovative new projects to address these problems. Awareness and education is the key.

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