Income generation and assistance

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Below are brief descriptions of selected articles on income generation and income assistance in the Downtown Eastside. Each featured article comes with an research summary, and its full text has been archived in cIRcle, UBC’s open access repository.

Featured articles

Low-threshold employment could reduce involvement in harmful income-generating activities

There is a high demand for low-threshold employment among injection drug users who are involved in sex work, drug dealing, and panhandling.


Sex work economies: How the street cost of drugs & using affects sex work income

Improved addictions treatment could reduce women’s dependence on sex work to support their drug use and addiction.

Sex work, stigma & barriers to health access

Over half of the women in the study said they hid sex work from others, and nearly half faced barriers in accessing health care in the past 6 months.

Employment amongst people who use drugs: A new arena for research and intervention?

There are potentially widespread advantages for people to have access to employment whether or not they are actively using drugs.


Timing of income assistance payment and overdose patterns

The risk of non-fatal overdose among people injecting drugs at Insite was over two times more likely on or immediately after cheque day.


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