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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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NWT Releases its first-ever Poverty Report Card

Posted by Elle Richards on March 17, 2021

In December, Alternatives North, a social justice coalition in the Northwest Territories (NWT) released its first-ever Poverty Report Card, as a partner in Campaign 2000. Alternatives North works with No Place for Poverty Coalition to advocate for ending poverty in the territory.

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The Forgotten Poor

Posted by Elle Richards on December 18, 2020

If there is one group that tends to go unnoticed in poverty and policy, it is the single working-age person. How can it be acceptable for an individual to want to work, be part of the working population, actively contributing to society, the economy, and still not be able to meet basic needs? Working age singles are more likely to be living in deep poverty, so why are they so overlooked in poverty reduction plans?

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Canadian Communities Leading the Way in Sustainable Innovation

Posted by Elle Richards on November 26, 2020

According to the Institute for Sustainable Communities there are four elements of a sustainable community:

  1. Leadership, civic engagement and responsibility

  2. Ecological integrity

  3. Economic security

  4. Social well-being

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Building a Movement for a Just Recovery

Posted by Elle Richards on October 26, 2020

Born out of the COVID crisis, A Just Recovery for All is a framework grounded in six principles, a movement for which hundreds of organizations across Canada have been signatories:

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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest - September/October 2020

Posted by Elle Richards on October 21, 2020

Welcome to the September/October 2020 Edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada.  

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