Enough for all: Calgary organizations launch poverty reduction campaign
Neighbours helping neighbours is the rally cry from several groups hoping to cut Calgary poverty rate in half by 2023.
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Several Calgary organizations have banded together with the ambitious goal of reducing poverty in the Calgary by 50 per cent within 7 years.
The endeavour, dubbed Enough for All, is spearheaded by Vibrant Communities Calgary, and supported by the City of Calgary, the United Way of Calgary and Area and Momentum and they launched their two-year long campaign Tuesday. The campaign is the result of the groups getting together in 2015 to create a poverty reduction strategy.
According to the coalition, one in 10 Calgarians live in poverty, one in five worry about not having enough money for food and one in three are concerned about not having money for housing.
The campaign's primary goals are to remove the barriers and stigma around poverty in Calgary and to get citizens talking about how they can take action to help.
“A collection of Calgarians, from all walks of life, have said enough is enough. Great cities, those that prosper and are world class, are cities where everyone comes together and looks after their neighbours,” said Franco Savoia, Executive Director, Vibrant Communities Calgary.
Dr. Lucy Miller, CEO of the United Way, said living in poverty makes it difficult to be optimistic about the future.
“We believe there is Enough for All and by harnessing the collective energy and passion of Calgarians, we can reduce poverty in our community," she said.
October is End Poverty Month in Calgary.
For more information visit enoughforall.ca and the Twitter hashtag is #enoughforall.