In January 2016, we facilitated the establishment of the Cowichan Housing Association, a new organization that will focus on homelessness prevention and affordable housing in the Cowichan region. As part of this transition, Social Planning has transferred responsibility for its affordable housing programs to the new organization.
We look forward to working as a community partner of affordable housing and wish them well as they continue with their commitment to address the Cowichan Valley's Affordable Housing issues and celebrate their successes!!
Check out their new website and organization here.
Poverty Elimination and Housing First
Many cities and regions are developing Poverty Reduction Plans to help them understand the impacts of poverty at the local level and to identify actions that can be taken to reduce poverty and some have taken it one step further to begin to explore Poverty Elimination rather than Poverty Reduction, starting with Housing First.
In order to gain a more thorough understanding of how poverty is currently affecting our community, both at the individual and community levels, and what identify how it can be addressed we are developing a series of research based Community Snapshots that are focused on the key areas that influence and affect poverty. This research can than guide our community engagement through community forums, focus groups and surveys in developing a Poverty Elimination Strategy for the Cowichan Region scheduled to begin on approved funding, late fall, 2016.
LIVING WAGE 2017
It’s not always as simple as “Get a job, support your family.” Even with both parents working, expenses can be drastically high for a low-income family. “Getting a job” is often not enough. Often, despite parents having full time jobs, low-income families must make significant sacrifices in other areas of their lives in order to provide regular food or shelter. Increasing expenses means cutting corners in some areas to provide adequate funds in other areas. Choosing which bills to pay and how much is a burden, especially for low-income families.
How much of a family’s income is allocated to a monthly cost of food? Shelter? Child Care? How much should be allocated? The living wage is designed to help understand and ultimately solve these problems.
Click on the link for the full Living Wage 2017 Report
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