- It can be challenging to create integrated services in communities that are more rural due to the dispersed population and existing services.
- The lack of housing stock – particularly permanent supportive housing, affordable housing etc. – makes it challenging for service providers to assist clients in exiting homelessness. (It should be noted that this is true for both integrated and fragmented service delivery however).
- Funding requirements may present challenges as funders have different expectations about how services will be provided, who the target population is etc.
- Ideological differences in the way services are provided need to be addressed. For example, abstinence-only shelters and harm reduction programs would need to work to find common ground and means of partnering.
- Most partnership/coordination/collaboration efforts are aimed within a sector (i.e. housing) and are not cross-sectoral (i.e. housing, education, child welfare, corrections).
- Governments may support the concept of service integration but do not invest in the mechanisms needed to create change within and between sectors.
- Agencies may fear the loss of funds, control, jobs, the loss of autonomy etc.
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