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What’s the POD?

The Place of Dignity or POD is a harm reduction project providing a stable living environment for six homeless individuals with mobility and medical issues. Staffed by health care aides, an LPN and a supervisor, the POD provides around-the-clock support to residents.

The POD is in the Rain Centre, located at the George Spady Detox and Shelter.

Daily Life

On a practical level, POD residents receive three meals a day plus snacks. Staff members take care of residents’ housekeeping, laundry and clothing needs. They also dispense meds and take residents to appointments. They even give residents the odd haircut and beard trim.

On a social level, staff members focus on developing relationships with residents and help them adjust to communal living. They do arts and crafts, play board games and cards, do jigsaws, discuss news items, watch movies and simply hang out together. Residents also enjoy spending time outside in a private, fenced garden area.

In line with a harm reduction philosophy, residents can come and go as they please. There is no restriction on their use of alcohol and substances while off the property.  A nurse from AHS Addictions and Mental Health assists with case management.

Criteria for Admission

  • chronically homeless
  • active and continued addiction
  • chronic medical and mental health condition(s)
  • requires barrier free environment, e.g., unable to access shelter mats
  • history of accessing inner-city services
  • high user of emergency and inpatient services


Referrals come from agencies who work with inner-city, homeless, mobility-challenged Edmontonians.