Examining the Impact of Drop-in Centres

Hard-to-reach communities face many barriers to accessing care and, as a result, can often be alienated from health and social services. One possible low-cost approach (among many) to overcoming these barriers is to provide drop-in centres, which typically provide immediate services, such as food, clothing, showers, laundry, transit fare, peer support and support groups, as well as longer-term services such as case management. However, to inform decisions in community-based organizations (where drop-in centres are often provided), there is a need to identify the best available research evidence regarding the impact of centres and/or their constituent components.