In 2006, the value of goods and services produced in
At least 3.4 million people – or about one in ten Canadians – lived in poverty in
To live in poverty in
The persistence of poverty and income inequality, and their negative impacts on health, social cohesion and economic prosperity calls out for vision, leadership and unwavering determination to tackle the root causes of these problems. The National Anti-Poverty Organization is dedicated to this agenda.
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There is no official definition of poverty in
Solving Complex Issues through Comprehensive Approaches
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News Release, CNW (23 June 2008)
"A Life-Threatening Condition"
"We were staggered to learn that homeless women are ten times more likely to be sexually assaulted than homeless men and are more likely to have a serious physical health condition," stated Kate Mason, study coordinator at Street Health. "One in five women had been sexually assaulted in the past year and almost all - 84% - had at least one serious physical health condition."
"Absolute poverty exists on the streets of our city with brutal consequences for women," said Angela Robertson, study advisor, and Executive Director of Sistering. "Homeless women cannot meet their basic survival needs - they don't know where their next meal is coming from, they don't have safe shelter or private space to address personal hygiene needs. The provincial government is developing a strategy to reduce poverty, that strategy should include steps to bring an end to women's street homelessness. It's unsafe and unjust to condemn a woman to live on the street."
The study is a partnership between Street Health, an organization providing nursing care and street outreach services to homeless people, and Sistering, a multi-service agency for homeless and low-income women in
The cost of homelessness
Lori Culbert, With Files From Randy Shore,
B.C. spends $644 million a year on services for those on the street. A study says the same amount would buy supported housing for all...
...the conclusion of the 150-page report -- written by five academics at Simon Fraser University, the University of B.C. and the University of Calgary -- is that B.C. taxpayers could even save money if that cash was instead spent directly on supported social housing.
"We wound up generating an estimated cost [of homeless people] in B.C. that is roughly the same as the cost of implementing the full-meal deal of housing and supports for every one of those people," said one of the authors, professor Julian Somers, director of SFU's Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction.
The report, completed last month, says its research shows that approximately 130,000 people in B.C. have a severe addiction and/or a mental illness; about 26,500 of those people are "inadequately housed and inadequately supported," including 11,750 who are "absolutely homeless."
The authors said that at the time the report was written, there were 7,741 supported housing units in B.C. for people with mental illness and/or addictions, and therefore concluded an estimated 18,759 vulnerable people were at "imminent risk of homelessness."
If these people had been taken care of properly in the first place the majority of them would not have ended up on the streets. The cost of the mess created by the cuts to welfare and other services are part of the cause. If you end up homeless you will become mentally or physically ill. Even those living in poverty are more prone to both as well.
Prevention is the cure