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High hopes for new plan to tackle poverty in Calgary

United Way president Lucy Miller applauded city council Monday for adopting a new poverty reduction initiative that she believes will make it easier for financially struggling Calgarians to find support.

“This is all about making sure people have the access they need in order to be resilient when times get difficult,” Miller said.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the initiative’s strength lies in its “system-wide approach.”

“This will have enormous impact across the spectrum – in government, in non-profit agencies, and with the private sector,” Nenshi said. “It will have more impact, I think, than the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.”

For example, he said one of the key goals is to ensure everybody in Calgary has at least three people to turn to in times of need, whether they be neighbours, government, non-profit agencies, or other sources of support.

“This is not just about what the city is going to do,” noted Ald. Gael MacLeod. “It’s about what we as a community are going to come together and do.”

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