Community Poverty Reduction Initiative
Poverty has impacts on many aspects of community and individual well-being, such as food, housing, education, health and employment. Poverty affects not just the individuals living in poverty, but also the community as a whole. The City of New Westminster is working with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) and local organizations to reduce poverty in New Westminster through the Community Poverty Reduction Initiative.
Community Poverty Reduction Strategy
On December 5, 2016, New Westminster’s City Council endorsed New Westminster’s Community Poverty Reduction Strategy. The New Westminster Community Poverty Reduction Strategy is the culmination of several years of dedicated work on behalf of the Community Poverty Reduction Committee. The strategy provides a vision for moving forward and specific actions to enhance the quality of life of families, while providing a supportive environment and opportunities to help families move out of poverty. The strategy, which incorporates a five-year action plan, is based on extensive research and a comprehensive community consultation process, including with those with lived experiences of poverty.
One of the most damaging aspects of poverty is the negative stereotypes that are commonly associated with people and communities experiencing poverty. These stereotypes create an isolating stigma around persons and communities experiencing poverty. The Poverty Mythbusters document raises awareness about these stereotypes by showing that these stereotypes are not just harmful but are also false.