May 27, 2013

City Council approves Poverty Reduction Strategy

CPRICalgary now has a clear roadmap for reducing poverty in our city.

On May 27, city council approved a long-term strategy to significantly reduce poverty and engage Calgarians in the process. The plan was developed by the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, which was jointly funded by United Way and The City of Calgary.

"Picture Calgary as a grid of opportunity," said Lucy Miller, United Way of Calgary and Area's President and CEO. "We're all better off when everyone in our community can plug into these opportunities and reach their full potential. Addressing the underlying causes of poverty benefits everyone. The plan laid out by the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative will make our communities healthier, happier and more prosperous."

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said that poverty is a complex problem requiring a multi-faceted solution.

"Co-chairs Steve Allan and Cathy Williams have been amazing stewards for this strategy and I thank the many, many Calgarians who are dedicated to ending poverty in our city who helped get us to this point," Nenshi said. "The result is a unique approach that puts community first by focusing poverty prevention efforts where it affects all Calgarians the most: in our neighbourhoods. Building 'community hubs' where people can gather, access resources and create economic opportunities in their neighbourhoods is one innovative way to accomplish this."

"If any one of us finds ourselves slipping into poverty, we should know exactly who in our community we can turn to for help and have the resources we need to get back on track," Nenshi said.

The report and more information can be accessed at www.enoughforall.ca.