Strengthening Communities Through Poverty Reduction and Housing

Strengthening Communities Through Poverty Reduction and Housing

Communities across BC are addressing the issues of poverty and homelessness in different and innovative always. Join this week to learn about new approaches to this important issue.

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Join the conversation and learn about innovative approaches to this issue from across BC!

Join the conversation and learn about innovative approaches to this issue from across BC!

  1. 535 days ago

    David McKale

    I do have a permanent solution to end all poverty, but as usual I am reluctant to share it with people because of lack of credit issues where it is due, as several of my technologies such as vertical farms have been stolen by the US government. I posted it on the NDP website as well as emailing every senator in Canada and yet have not even so much as gotten a reply back. That was over nine months ago. My solution will deal with all worldwide hunger and housing issues. I also have new recycling technology that will mean 100% recyclability in every community worldwide and is cheaper and more power efficient as well as using our own pollution as a power source. I have been working for almost 4 years on these technologies and I am really tired of being stolen from. Thing is though that we need these technologies because with 100% of our resources recycled inflation will drop to almost zero. I would give these ideas for free but then I couldn’t help much of the poor like I wanted to.



  2. 541 days ago

    Moladi Formwork

    Discovering better ways to solve today’s social problems we need new innovative solutions – Forbes India http://forbesindia.com/blog/the-good-company/to-build-or-not-to-build-that-is-the-question



  3. 546 days ago

    Our Local Markets

    Thanks for adding so much clarity to what we’re doing Jessica. I like what you’re doing too Rupert.



  4. 548 days ago

    Our Local Markets

    We have established an excellent working relationship with the Canadian Mental Health Association by providing marketing and distribution services to their Healthy Harvest Program. CMHA grows high quality organic vegetables in the Alberni Valley. The Healthy Harvest Program offers employment to CMHA members — people on disability are allowed to make $800 per month in addition to their disability benefits. This summer, Our Local Markets sold truck loads of CMHA’s vegetables in Ucluelet and Tofino. Both of these towns have little access to fresh and affordable produce. The revenue that CMHA receives from selling vegetables helps to support jobs. Jobs = reduction in poverty.



    • Jessica Hannon

      Interesting example of several intersecting social benefits! Access to healthy and affordable food, inclusion of those with mental health concerns, low-barrier, meaningful employment opportunities, and food security. Great partnerships!

      547 days ago


    • Rupert Downing

      Excellent project. Here in Victoria we are partnered with St. Vincent de Paul and Fairways to redirect healthy food from waste to food banks, also providing a wage supplement to Community Living BC participants. We are expanding to other food retailers and farmers this Fall. All of the large supermarket chains have indicated a willingness to participate, but our volunteer and transportation resources are limiting expansion right now.

      547 days ago


    • Devin Coverdale

      Its great to hear about high quality food going to the people who need it the most. Having acces to nutrient rich food can have a big impact on quality of life!

      544 days ago


  5. 548 days ago

    Rupert Downing

    One of the issues we’re trying to deal with is youth unemployment and underemployment…they have the highest poverty levels in the region. We are interested in hearing from others on approaches in their communities. We have developed a Youth Community Economic Development initiative with our partner Community Micro Lending. The current main program (Launch) helps youth set up their own micro and social enterprises…no government money in this at all which means we can be innovative (but we need investors). http://www.communitycouncil.ca/initiatives/launch.html



  6. 548 days ago

    Rupert Downing

    The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (www.ccednet-rcdec.ca) and the Vibrant Communities Network (http://tamarackcommunity.ca/g2.php) have some great resources on innovative strategies to reduce and prevent poverty at the local level. On November 8 we’re organizing a half day forum to plan future action, with a colleague from Calgary’s Poverty Action Plan sharing some of their experiences. http://dibt2-caponpoverty-eorg.eventbrite.ca/?ebtv=C



  7. 548 days ago

    Rupert Downing

    Here in the Capital Region we have developed a Community Action Plan on Poverty (www.caponpoverty.ca) that emphasizes community-owned solutions as well as influencing public policy. We have support and participation from business, local government, community, faith sectors, as well as people who experience poverty. One emphasis is on building social enterprise and community economic development opportunities…another is on expanding living wage employers.



    • Jessica Hannon

      Thanks for sharing, Rupert. Both social enterprise and living wage employers are great engines to increase living standards, and I really like the community-owned aspect of CAP on Poverty. Are you aware of other communities in BC that have developed similar Community Action Plans to address poverty?

      547 days ago


    • Rupert Downing

      Thanks Jessica, yes Surrey has an excellent plan. I have heard of some work going on in the Kootenays as well…anyone know of this ? Across Canada there are excellent examples in Hamilton, Calgary, Waterloo, Trois Rivieres, and St. John NB.

      547 days ago


    • Nicole Huska

      Hi Rupert! Do you have any likeminded contacts on the Sunshine Coast? I know there are quite a few organizations here doing great work in their own particular niche or industry and that the three local municipal governments are bringing poverty into the public discourse but fragmentation of energies is definitely a challenge. Would love to know how your organization has brought people together in unison to move forward with the vision.

      546 days ago


    • Rupert Downing

      Hi Nicole, the Sunshine Coast is a special place for me, having worked there some years ago. I dont have a current contact, but I know the Poverty Law Advocacy Society is a member of the BC Poverty Action Coalition…the Sustainability Charter for the Powell River Region is very interesting, and Maggie Hathaway in the MLA’s office know some of the connections Nicholas Simons is involved with. For us, it was important that we took an inclusive regional approach involving people from First Nations, business, local government, community agencies, faith groups, etc… and inspired individuals

      543 days ago


    • Nicole Huska

      Rupert – thanks for the response. :)

      542 days ago


  8. 549 days ago

    Jessica Hannon

    An interesting article – The Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness released the results of its first ever public opinion survey on homelessness as part of Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver. http://stophomelessness.ca/public-opinion-survey-2012/ I’d be interested to hear the BC Ideas community’s thoughts. Do any results surprise you? How does it influence your thoughts on poverty reduction as community building?



  9. 549 days ago

    Jessica Hannon

    Top-down charitable giving is a necessary part of service provision for homeless and low-income individuals, but this approach cannot be anything but a stop-gap or temporary measure. Increasingly, service providers are developing innovative projects that aim to address the root causes of poverty and homelessness, and provide community based solutions. Are there any innovators working in this sector that can tell us about their work?



  10. 549 days ago

    Jessica Hannon

    Those struggling with homelessness, unstable housing, and poverty are some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. When we talk about strengthening communities, the role poverty reduction must play cannot be undervalued – to strengthen communities, we must strengthen the weakest and most vulnerable parts of our communities.



  11. 549 days ago

    Sonia Bianchi

    Hello Social Innovators! This week we’re focusing our discussion on Strengthening Communities through Poverty Reduction. There have been so many great ideas entered into BC Ideas around this topic, we’d love to connect people from across the province on this issue. Looking forward to learning more!