“The Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee (PPRSC) has put a targeted focus on the complex issue of poverty in Peel. We want to increase the collaboration and engagement among members of the community and all the stakeholders, including elected government representatives”, said Shelley White, Co-Chair, PPRSC and CEO, United Way of Peel Region. “Individuals and families are at the centre of our work and we will ensure that all voices are heard and included in any decisions.”
“Lack of affordable housing is the key poverty issue in Peel,” explained Edna Toth, PPRSC Member and Chair, Peel Poverty Action Group (PPAG). “The task forces assigned to each of the five issues identified in the strategy will examine in detail the causes and problems, and help to address possible solutions.”
“Peel’s low-income population continues to rise as more and more people experience ill health, injury and unemployment – it can happen to anyone, at any time,” said Janet Menard, Co-Chair, PPRSC and Commissioner, Human Services, Region of Peel. “When the health and well-being of individuals and families across Peel suffers, the entire community is negatively impacted. It’s not ‘their’ issue, it’s our issue.”
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A new Community Strategy to Reduce Poverty in Peel
A three-year plan to ensure a liveable community for all individuals and families
BRAMPTON, ON (Oct. 24, 2012) – The first ever community-led and developed Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy was presented today at the Poverty, Health and Homelessness in Peel conference held at Sheridan College in Brampton.
The committee believes the reduction of poverty requires long-term solutions that will mitigate the effects of five key issues:
- Economic Opportunities
- Income Security
- Affordable and Accessible Transportation
- Food Security; and
- Safe and Affordable Housing
While consolidated efforts and partnerships are resulting in positive change, the fact still remains that:
- 22% of the net property tax in Peel ($180 million) supports low-income programs;
- 6.8% of minimum wage is used to purchase monthly transit passes (2009);
- 12,853 households are on the wait list for subsidized housing (December 2011) – the longest wait period in Ontario; and
- 14,000 households accessed emergency shelters and transitional housing (2011).
The goal of the three-year strategy is to not only address these issues but also ensure poverty remains on the political, social and economic radar.
The PPRSC was established in 2008 and is a community-based, multi-stakeholder committee of representatives from various collaborative networks, regional staff, poverty advocates and people with lived experience. Since its inception, the PPRSC has committed to creating awareness, advocating, and tracking changes to income and other measures of poverty.
To learn more about the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy, visit povertyinpeel.ca
Specialist - Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy
905-791-7800, ext. 4015