No place to go: Examining homelessness and social disorder as it relates to transit in Calgary

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Social Disorder on Calgary transit is happening at an alarming rate. Deaths associated with unintentional drug poisonings are on the rise—and are increasingly happening in public spaces, including on or around public transit. Transit environments are often referred to as “crime generators” and “crime attractors”—a harsh reality, yet one that can’t be ignored.

Vibrant Communities Calgary, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Calgary and a leading expert in housing and homelessness, examined more than 160 research papers; data on social disorder at train stations and deaths from substance use; and interviews people experiencing homelessness, transit workers, police officers, and community outreach staff to understand the factors contributing to social disorder on Calgary’s public transit system. No place to go broadens our understanding of how poverty intersects with justice issues, particularly in light of rising rates of homelessness, and outlines strategies for addressing these issues.

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Published 28 May 2024

Updated 30 May 2024