CommUNITY Together To End Poverty

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THE PROJECT

What does poverty look like for Ladysmith and Stz'uminus residents? How does it impact us as individuals, families, neighbours?

The CommUNITY Together to End Poverty Hw-nuts’ulwum (As One) project aims to create a solutions-focused approach to reducing poverty in our communities by first engaging community members on their lived experiences. ​

Here's how you can participate:

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The CommUNITY Together to End Poverty - Hw-nuts'-ulwum (As One) project is lead by members from several local organizations including: 

  • Town of Ladysmith

  • Stz'uminus First Nation, Health Centre

  • Nutsumaat Lelum Child Care Centre

  • Ladysmith Resources Centre Association

  • Stz'uminus Primary School

  • Boys & Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island

  • First Nations Health Authority

  • Island Health 

  • School District 68

  • OUR Cowichan Health Network

  • Social Planning Cowichan

The project has been made possible through a grant from the UBCM Poverty Reduction Planning and Action program

THE HARD REALITY IN LADYSMITH & STZ'UMINUS:

3,005

CHILDREN LIVE IN LOW INCOME

2,375

ADULTS (18-64) LIVE IN LOW INCOME

2,438

SENIORS (>65) LIVE IN LOW INCOME

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ≤30% of INCOME:

  • 40.4% of rental households spend >30%

  • 15.8% of homeowners spend >30%

Living in poverty is much more than simply not having enough money to make ends meet. It affects where a person lives, what they eat, what they do and how they cope. It causes stress that impacts a person’s emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

 

If a child grows up in poverty, they may become an adult raising a family living in poverty and so the cycle of poverty continues from one generation to the next.

Poverty 101 - LivingSJ

CommUNITY Working Group:

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