Substance use is often thought to be the main factor leading to homelessness. The reality however is far more complex. Although substance use can be one of the causes, it is often not the only key factor in someone’s path to homelessness.
Lookout provides choice in client defined recovery by operating three abstinence based housing projects – MacMillan House, Dovercourt and Crawford Manor. Lookout is very open to new and innovative ways to better provide additional services to clients.
Another innovative program was the Managed Alcohol Programs (MAP) which was piloted successfully at multiple locations. Clients in the MAP programs showed a dramatic improvement in physical and mental health as noted by Lookout staff and their primary physicians.
“The overdose epidemic has placed a tremendous strain on some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, as well as on front-line staff…We are pleased to move forward with supervised consumption services at SafePoint and the Powell Street Getaway, and know that these services will go a long way in making a difference to the lives of those on 135A Street and in the Downtown Eastside.”
-Shayne Williams, Executive Director of Lookout Society
Lookout is dedicated to the education of staff and clients and is continually in dialogue with other community groups and health provider on such topics as overdose prevention, current drug risks, and client naloxone training. For the full press release regarding Lookout’s Safe Consumption Sites, Click Here.