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Alison Homer

Alison Homer
As Team Lead and Manager of Cities with Tamarack's Vibrant Communities, Alison provides leadership and drives excellence within Cities Reducing poverty (CRP), a national movement that supports more than 80 members and 300 communities to end poverty across Canada and the USA.

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New Study Shows COVID Impact on Isolation and Loneliness

Posted by Alison Homer on November 2, 2020

As we have all pivoted and learned to live in a COVID-19 era, the associated need for physical distancing and other monumental behavioural shifts have taken a toll on Canadians’ mental health.

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Updates to Canada’s Official Poverty Line and the Dimensions of Poverty Hub

Posted by Alison Homer on October 2, 2020

On September 8th, 2020, Statistics Canada updated the Dimensions of Poverty Hub, Canada’s official poverty dashboard for Opportunity for All, Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy.

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14 BC Members Receive Provincial Funding for Poverty Reduction

Posted by Alison Homer on June 24, 2020

The Government of British Columbia has announced $5M in funding through the Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program that will empower 54 local governments to create on-the-ground solutions to ending poverty. The program supports the rollout of TogetherBC, the province's first poverty reduction strategy, and marks the first time that local governments have received provincial funding to develop and implement local poverty reduction plans.

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Cities Reducing Poverty Responds to COVID-19

Posted by Alison Homer on June 1, 2020

Through the COVID-19 crisis, Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty (VC–CRP) has responded to meet urgent community needs through a wide variety of mechanisms and partnerships. Our 81 members, representing 328 communities, have demonstrated creativity, commitment, and compassion as they support their communities’ most vulnerable.

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Edmonton Supporting Newcomers with Self-Isolation Supports

Posted by Alison Homer on April 15, 2020

To support families to safely self-isolate, the United Communities of the Ethiopian Diaspora has raised and donated funds to support families living in densely populated dwellings to meet provincial regulations. This support is critical to support Edmonton newcomers that live in small, low-income housing units, and that reside with a large number of family members.

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Expert Coaching on Developing a Community Plan

Posted by Alison Homer on April 5, 2020

Vibrant Communities’ proven appreciative inquiry approach supports poverty reduction groups to collaboratively establish a community-wide common agenda and poverty reduction plan. Our approach has been developed over two decades of export coaching engagements between Tamarack’s founder and Co-CEO, Paul Born, and a diverse range of cities and communities across Canada and beyond.

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