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Alison Homer

Alison Homer
Alison works with Tamarack’s Cities Reducing Poverty as Manager of Learning and Western Cities. She has been involved with Vibrant Communities since 2012 through her previous role as Director of Vibrant Abbotsford.

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Canada’s First Poverty Dashboard - The Dimensions of Poverty Hub

Posted by Alison Homer on August 12, 2019

The Dimensions of Poverty Hub is comprised of meaningful and measurable indicators that track progress in poverty reduction beyond the poverty line. Released in July 2019, the Hub serves as the official dashboard for Opportunity for All, Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy. It monitors the ability of individuals and families to better meet their basic needs and move closer to the modest standard of living reflected in Canada's Official Poverty Line. 

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BC's First Poverty Reduction Strategy

Posted by Alison Homer on July 15, 2019

British Columbia’s first poverty reduction strategy, TogetherBC, sets a path to reduce overall poverty in B.C. by at least 25% and child poverty by 50% by 2024. These targets were legislated in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act, with measures aligned with Opportunity for All, Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy.

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Engaging Lived Experience in Toronto's Municipal Strategy

Posted by Alison Homer on July 3, 2019

Residents of Toronto with lived experience of poverty were active participants in the development of the City’s poverty reduction strategy, TO Prosperity, particularly through the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG).

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Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience in Poverty Reduction

Posted by Alison Homer on March 21, 2019

Multi-sectoral collaboration between governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and people with lived/living experience of poverty has been recognized as a core principle of effective poverty-reduction work since the establishment of Vibrant Communities in 2002.

People with lived/living experience deeply understand the realities of poverty. Their stories and experiences serve as powerful tools for building compassion, and for disrupting and clarifying a community’s understanding of its root causes and scope. The invaluable expertise of these individuals adds strength and resiliency to poverty-reduction work, and their first-hand knowledge of systemic barriers is invaluable in co-creating innovative solutions to overcome them.

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10 Things Vibrant Communities - Cities Reducing Poverty Will Offer in 2019

Posted by Alison Homer on January 14, 2019

Vibrant Communities - Cities Reducing Poverty (VC – CRP) is a national collective impact movement aimed at reducing poverty through the place-based efforts of multi-sector roundtables and the alignment of strategies at the municipal, provincial, territorial, and federal levels. Our primary purpose is to make the work local poverty reduction initiatives easier and more effective.

Our growing network is comprised of 70 CRP members representing more than 330 communities who are each actively working to reduce and eradicate poverty across Canada.

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Nine Stocking Stuffers...and a Lump of Coal

Posted by Alison Homer on December 16, 2018

2018 was a dynamic year for federal and provincial policies related to poverty reduction. Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) members across Canada serve as strong advocates and partners at all orders of government, with the goal of transforming policies to be more affordable, accessible and inclusive.

Through an end-of-year survey of the CRP network, three quarters (76%) of members self-reported at least moderate policy gains, and more than half (56%) reported major policy gains under at least one policy area. Primary policy areas that members were engaged with related to housing, income, employment, education, transportation and food security.

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