Urban Core Support Network - An Overview
Organization profile published 1979

Publisher:  Urban Core Support Network (UCSN), Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1979  
Pages:  4pp  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2247

There are people who, for all intents and purposes, are disenfranchised from much of Canadian Society - "people displaced from economic life, from family supports and often from the means of living a tolerable life".

Abstract:  There are people who, for all intents and purposes, are disenfranchised from much of Canadian Society - "people displaced from economic life, from family supports and often from the means of living a tolerable life". These people have often gathered in the run-down core areas of cities sometimes called "skid row". Since 1974, there has developed an association of people working to respond to this reality called the Urban Core Support Network (UCSN).

UCSN is an "ecumenically based association of individuals, institution and coalition. It has a primary goal of enabling supportive relationships between people who are working cooperatively to eliminate the exploitative and unjust aspects of skid row. Participation in the network is based on involvement in working for change at the local level. It also requires a commitment to critically examine personal and organizational goals with others and to reflect on the values behind one's work. An assumption of the network is that the problems of skid row are based in economic and social structures but also have real individual consequences.

To date, the focus of UCSN has been on supporting people in local efforts by making it easier for them to connect with people in other cities working on similar concerns. The network is linked across Canada in 13 cities and has sponsored 5 Canada-wide workshops, each in a different city. The tools used by UCSN to inform and support people in local efforts include regional consultations, personal visits and staff contact and various mechanisms for information sharing including Connexions.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1979.
See also CX3017.

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