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Dalhousie researcher conducting study on COVID-19's impact on homeless community

Dr. Jeff Karabanow says he is hopeful this work will help them improve the current systems they have in place
Dalhousie University. (Meghan Groff/

A Dalhousie researcher is conducting a study on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the homeless community in Halifax and how government and organizations responded. 

Dr. Jeff Karabanow, professor at Dalhousie University's School of Social Work, said he is hopeful this work will help them improve the current systems they have in place.

"We want to look at the models that we employed and how that actually worked, what were the strengths, what were the challenges," he said.

"And then we want to talk to all the key stakeholders and key players around the table, throughout the pandemic that were working and exploring how to keep people safe."

Karabanow says the research they do here may also help the city and the province deal with a potential second wave.

"We kind of know what happened in Canada but we don't really have a could sense of what other nations and states were doing during COVID," said. "We'd kind of like to look at what worked, what didn't in other places so that we can possibly have lessons from the field so that we can make Halifax a very strong, mobilized disaster response environment."

He says the city and province have the ability to mobilize quickly, citing their preparation for post-tropical storm Teddy and how they helped set up a shelter space for those in need.

Chris Halef

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