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2014 Poverty Reduction Initiative Report released

September 22, 2014 -

An update on the Kingston Poverty Reduction Initiative has been released. The report, which will go before Kingston City Council on September 23, highlights progress that has been made over the past two years by a steering committee and five working groups that included agencies and community members with lived experience. 

The report captures some of their successes, goals and efforts. Additionally, it shares work being done in the community outside of the working groups.  Looking ahead to the next stage of the effort, strategic focus will be placed on two particular priorities in Kingston: Child Poverty and Employment Skills and Development.

"We'd like to thank all those who have worked to reduce poverty in our community over the past year," says Lanie Hurdle, Co-Chair of the steering Committee and Commissioner, Community Services, City of Kingston. "Poverty reduction is everyone's business, and we can accomplish it by working together."

Following a report to Kingston's City Council in 2010, the City of Kingston, United Way KFLA, and Kingston Community Health Centres have worked closely with community stakeholders to develop an action plan for poverty reduction in Kingston. This coordinated strategy aims to reduce poverty by focusing on community supports for education; health; housing; skills development and employment; and social services and community supports.

In 2013, the first Poverty Reduction Report was released and shared the plan that was developed in consultation with the community – by agencies who work with clients in poverty, policy makers who shape the environment that impacts poverty and individuals and families who experience poverty every day.

The 2014 report focuses on achievements in Kingston, reached through the efforts of the working groups and through the caring community. It is available for download at: www.wecanreducepoverty.ca. Hard copies are also available at the United Way, 417 Bagot St.

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Media contacts:

Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way of KFL&A
613-542-2674, ext. 2, bvarma@unitedwaykfla.ca

Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.