An extensive report looks at poverty in Bruce Grey

As the cost of living continues to increase, more people are being forced to make choices – rent or food, gas to get to work or food and the list goes on.

With an Election around the corner, the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force through the United Way Bruce Grey has developed an extensive and intensive look at poverty issues in the region.  While some of the report is centric to Owen Sound, much of it can apply to all communities within Bruce and Grey Counties.

Below is the study by the Poverty Task Force that sets out the issues facing people today.

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The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force has compiled a list of resources that will assist in voting and understanding how local government works. The Poverty Task Force believes that poverty issues and poverty reduction strategies should be front and center in the upcoming municipal election.

People of all economic levels want a steady income, a home that is safe and affordable; good health care and representatives in government that work together to improve well-being in our communities. 

Basic Income and Housing

A guaranteed basic income means that everyone’s basic needs are met in a dignified and sustainable way. 

Housing is more than just 4 walls, it is creating a home and foundation for people to thrive in. Listen to the voices of the RentSafe Advisory Committee in My Voice is Power.

Voting and understanding how local government works

Being informed about elections and exercising the right to vote influences the change we want to see in our communities. 

The Poverty Task Force has compiled a list of resources that will assist in voting and understanding how local government works. It is important to understand the different levels of government and what they are responsible for when voting.

 Centering Anti-Racist and Equity Frameworks in Anti-Poverty Work

We All Live Here (infographic) and a policy paper presented to the City of Owen Sound by Community Voices speaks to the need for more diversity and inclusion in municipal decision-making. Community Voices promote Diversity and Inclusion of People on Low Income in municipal government. 

The Poverty Task Force has compiled a list of resources and tools on diversity and inclusion on municipal councils.

References

·         Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force website: https://povertytaskforce.com/
·         Poverty, Voting and Election Resource Page: www.brucegreyvotes.com
·         Poverty 101 page: https://povertytaskforce.com/poverty-101/
·         Enough to Thrive On (infographic) https://povertytaskforce.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Enough-to-Thrive-On_2022-1.png