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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 Communities Ending Poverty (previously called Cities Reducing Poverty), a national movement that supports more than 80 members and 300 communities to end poverty across Canada and the USA.

Recent Posts

Quebec’s Universal Access to Low-Fee Child Care: Les Centres de la Petite Enfance

Posted by Alison Homer on June 4, 2021

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Access to affordable and quality childcare is an important poverty reduction and prevention strategy, as it supports children’s social, behavioural and cognitive skills, readiness for and transition to school, and lifelong physical and emotional health. It supports parents and caregivers to increase their income, opens doors to employment and training, builds resilience, and reduces chronic stress.

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A Powerful Collective Impact Movement

Posted by Alison Homer on February 5, 2021

Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) is a powerful collective impact movement that has grown to support more than 330 municipalities represented by 80 regional roundtables. Members adopt collective impact approaches to drive long-term change and develop and implement plans to reduce poverty in their communities.

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BC Poverty Reduction Planning & Action Program Open for Second Round

Posted by Alison Homer on January 14, 2021

Round two of funding is now open for the BC Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program. In 2020, the Government of British Columbia announced $5M in funding through this program. Its first round empowered more than 50 local governments, including 14 Cities Reducing Poverty members, with up to $150,000 to create on-the-ground solutions to ending poverty.

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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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