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A Basic Income for Ending Poverty

Posted by Natasha Pei on May 19, 2021

Basic Income cash transfers are a well-evidenced high-impact strategy for widespread poverty reduction in Canada.

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Guelph-Wellington Built for Zero reduces chronic youth homelessness by 76%

Posted by Guelph-Wellington Built for Zero on May 19, 2021

This success story was featured at Cities Reducing Poverty’s 2021 National Gathering: The End of Poverty as part of the workshop Built for Zero: A Model for Ending Chronic Homelessness.

In 2018, after becoming a Built for Zero Canada community, Guelph-Wellington conducted their second Point in Time Count/Registry Week which identified 203 people, including 62 youth, that were experiencing chronic homelessness. Through this survey, the community learned that almost half of all respondents had experienced their first instance of homelessness as a youth.

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A Dignified Disability Supplement as a Pathway to Ending Poverty

Posted by Elle Richards on May 18, 2021

According to Statistics Canada, 6.2 million Canadians are estimated to be living with a disability. People with disabilities are likely to be living in poverty – this figure is as high as 30% - due to societal barriers including discrimination, access to education and employment, and protective social programs. Stats Canada reports a mere 40-59% in employment, depending on the severity of the disability, as compared with 80% of the rest of the population.

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Ending Indigenous Poverty in Cities

Posted by Jill Zacharias on May 17, 2021

In the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the opioid crisis has further revealed the depths of inequity and devastating impacts of trauma on vulnerable populations, as well as gaps in our social safety nets and limitations of policies aimed to reduce poverty and harm. While the crisis has exacerbated these inequities, it has also increased awareness and built momentum for new policies and systems change. In urban centres across the country, Indigenous people are working independently and with others to support pathways out of poverty for Indigenous children, families and elders.

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London Becomes First City to End Functional Homelessness for Veterans

Posted by Elle Richards on May 11, 2021

London has made Canadian history in achieving functional zero veteran homelessness in 2021. This milestone means the city is well on its way to address the homelessness crisis as reported by the Canadian Alliance To End Homelessness (CAEH).

The secret to success? Relationship building, timely data, coordinating access, prioritizing a population group, and a shared goal. Crucial have been partnerships between the city, local agencies, and veterans’ organizations, and working through the city’s By-Name List so that no one is left behind. A targeted systems-focused strategy has enabled specific and appropriate housing and supports for veterans.

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Improving self-sufficiency for families in Worcester County, Massachusetts

Posted by Elle Richards on April 6, 2021

How can people experiencing homelessness be supported to get back on their feet? One example from a Cities Reducing Poverty member, in the county of Massachusetts, USA, demonstrates the value of believing in and investing in people. Many of the core members of OpT (Opportunity Tri-Communities) have shifted their efforts in the pandemic, while continuing to work on building resilience in the community. One husband and wife team, who took on an old Victorian building (initially to use the main floor for his medical practice) with rooms have shown a shelter is not merely bricks and mortar or a place to sleep. A shelter can be a safe space, enable healing and a champion for human potential.

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