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Poverty/ Homeless Families

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Kristin Krol

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Transcript of Poverty/ Homeless Families

Poverty/ Homeless Families

By: Derek Bilal And Kristin Krol
Statistics on Poverty in Canada
The gap between the rich and the poor is on the rise in Canada. The top-earning 1 per cent of Canadians almost doubled their share of national income, from 7.7% to 13.8%, over the past 3 decades. While earnings for the middle class stagnated and earnings for the low income group fell by 20.6%. (Stats Can)
21% of single mothers in Canada raise their children while living in poverty while 7% of single fathers raise their children in poverty.
21% of single mothers in Canada raise their children while living in poverty while 7% of single fathers raise their children in poverty.
According to Food Banks Canada, nearly 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks each month. Thirty-eight percent of those helped by food banks are children and youth and 11 per cent are Aboriginal (compared to 4.3 per cent of the total population).
Statistics on Poverty in Canada
Strategies to Help Families Living in Poverty
Quality Education
This provides families with the knowledge and life skills they need to realize their full potential.
Access to Health Care
This is an essential part of helping people in poverty, to ensure health and wellness.
Seek Public Assistance
Seek Jobs that Pay the Value of your Work
Families use the assistance that is provided to them such as, public housing, food banks, employment services.
Families should seek a job that provides a good living wage and provides a sense of job security.
Organizations that Help Families in Poverty
Habitat for Humanity, This provides a safe and decent place to live.
Contact email: habitat@habitat.ca
Phone: 416-644-0988
Knights Table, This provides food for people who cannot afford it otherwise.
287 Glidden Rd, Brampton, ON
Contact Info: (905) 454-8725
Provides families with everything that need in a home, such as furniture, clothing, and personal necessities.
Contact info: 604-294-3087
Provide mothers with everything they will need for the newborn baby.
Contact: info@newmomproject.ca
Organizations that Help Families in Poverty
Provides people with financial assistance and employment assistance.
Contact Info: 416-325-5666
What Poverty means to childern
The message the video was trying to convey is the fact that even though Canada had decided to end poverty in the year 2000, it was a false promise and that poverty is still among us and how it affects the children of today. It speaks about how the young mind understands poverty and how they reflect on it.

Issues Famailies In Poverty Face

Families without a consistent income typically encounter problems with not meeting basic costs such as, struggling to pay for food, accommodation, clothing, education, health care, utilities, transport and recreation and trying to also take into account of demands from their kids or the people around them such as a landlord increase the rent for a place that the family maybe occupying.
The hurtful impact of poverty on parents and children comes from the constant stress that the families endure. Just the constant reminder on how parents are going to make ends meet with the low income or no income at all they receive creates this uneasiness in the parent's mind and it makes the parent over think about simple things that should be normal to other families such as living in a safe home. The stress also impacts the children of the parents, they see their mom/dad always unhappy or usually sad it contributes to their own behavior and the kids find themselves reflecting the same tragic behavior as their parents.
Issues Famailes In Poverty Face Cont'd
Children in families that suffer from poverty find themselves to be excluded and more isolated than other children due to the fact that these children do not live in a good neighborhood and due to this it may be unsafe for them to go out and play. These children also miss the opportunity to play with their friends from school as most parents in poverty depend on their child to be home right after school to take care of a sibling or because the child needs to be dropped off to a caregiver so the parent(s) can go to their jobs. Due to financial problems the child also is unable to be involved in extracurricular activities or pursue their own interest with among other children, The parents cannot support the child financially to be involved in such.
Impact On Behavior
The behavior of children from families that deal with poverty suffer from a higher rate of aggression, they tend to start fights with their peers or family members. The children also have this constant insecurity due to constantly moving, the lack nutrition, the lack of opportunities in general, being unable to practice social skills, unable to participate in extracurricular activities. The negative situations that result from the constant struggle of being poor creates frustration for the child and impacts how the child behaves around others.
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