Community Social Development Reports and Studies
The City of Lethbridge has developed a variety of community social development reports and studies to help create an inclusive and safe community where residents can access the social services and resources they need.
Age Friendly Lethbridge Community Profile
The Age Friendly Lethbridge Community Profile is a collaboration of community stakeholders working together to shape an age-friendly community. We aim to promote healthy and active aging for our senior community by providing access to the community supports and services it needs.
View the Executive Summary of the Age Friendly Lethbridge Community Profile to learn more about the goals and background studies that helped shape the community profile.
Community Clean and Safe Strategy
Our Community Clean and Safe Strategy Program Report covers the objectives, processes and results of the Community Clean and Safe Strategy, which aims to promote a clean and safe community for all through the following strategic programs and initiatives:
- Safe Community Call Centre
- Clean Sweep Hot Spot Team
- Biohazard and encampment cleanup
View the rationale for each program as well as the community response and program outcomes.
Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS)
The Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy is a five-year strategic plan, started in 2019, to inform and improve community wellbeing and safety in Lethbridge. It is grounded in research, data analysis, best practices and community engagement. We conducted a needs assessment report to identify community priorities and summarized these findings in a needs assessment executive summary. View the overview and learnings to find actionable items we developed from the needs assessment.
The CWSS includes both:
- Short-term actions to improve public safety and cleanliness
- Strategies to develop long-term sustainable solutions to improve supportive housing options, addiction and mental health supports and access to social services for vulnerable people in our community. This includes the Integrated Coordinated Access (ICA) network and the Permanent Supportive Housing Consortium
To learn more about all the system-level work underway and the progress we've made to advance community wellbeing and safety, view the CWSS 2020 Annual Report.
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
The FCSS Research Brief provides a brief overview of the key research for each of our FCSS’s strategic priority areas. Our FCSS Outcomes Model examines the outcomes and key progress indicators we aim to achieve through the FCSS.
The City of Lethbridge has developed or funded the development of reports intended to support the actions of the municipality in it's role to support the development of housing within the community:
- Municipal Housing Strategy
- Municipal Housing Needs Assessment
- Municipal Housing Strategy Implementation Plan
- Housing Growth Forecast
Point-in-Time (PiT) Count Reports
Every other year, we conduct a PiT report, which is a count of the number of people experiencing homelessness in the city on a single night. During the count, we also surveyed people staying in shelters, short-term housing or sleeping without shelter to gather self-reported data and their own perspectives. This provides a community-wide measure of homelessness which helps us plan for the requires support systems and services required to prevent and reduce homelessness.
We have also conducted administrative counts, which rely on reported data from service facilities and systems rather than street counts and self-reported experiences of homelessness.
View the following PiT counts and reports and administrative reports from recent years:
- 2022 PiT Count Report and 2022 PiT Count Infographic
- 2021 Administrative Count
- 2018 PiT Count Report
Annual Community Homelessness Report:
Vibrant Lethbridge Poverty Report
The Vibrant Lethbridge Poverty Report profiles the prevalence low-income indicators and factors in our community and the challenges that our low-income residents face. The goal of this report is to examine the impact of poverty in our community, bring awareness to it and determine effective actions that we can take to reduce the impact of poverty in Lethbridge.
We conducted focus group research with various low-income and at-risk groups in our community to help people more fully appreciate and understand their lived experiences.