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United Way Board Meeting

November 19, 2014

Laura Tucker

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Transcript of United Way Board Meeting

About P2P
Poverty in Windsor-Essex
What is Poverty
Poverty Stigma - Discussion
What Can be Done
Who We Are & What We Do
Community-University Partnerships
10 minute
Addressing the Barriers
employment and training
Employment and Training
What Matters
- P2P’s Employment and Training Working Group:
- Identifying transportation barriers and developing solutions

We need affordable, accessible, and available transportation that connects people with:

- Jobs

- Education

- Goods and Services

- Social and recreational opportunities

What we know
Transportation challenges in Windsor-Essex
- Personal vehicle is only option in many parts of County

Currently, the community’s transportation needs are not being met
- Lack of public transit to certain employment clusters

84% of those without a personal vehicle report transportation barriers
- Those most affected by transportation barriers in Windsor:
- People who work part-time and on weekends
- Residents of downtown Windsor

Public transit users would like to see:
- Improved schedules and routes
- Reduced wait times
- More routes
- More buses
What we know
P2P Transportation Report
- Conducted survey and held community forum on transportation needs and barriers in Windsor-Essex.
What we know
Widespread community support for regional transportation
Current work and solutions
Research on Potential Job Shuttle Pilot Projects
Affordable Pass Program
The City of Windsor funds a half-price bus pass for eligible applicants living with low-income
83% of community members surveyed support this funding
What can you do?
Work with other levels of government to devise a funding strategy for regional transportation
Continue to support the Affordable Pass Program through Pathway to Potential funding
Listen to those you represent about what transportation initiatives will most benefit the community and involve stakeholders in discussions
Apply for Gas Tax funding from the Dedicated Gas Tax Fund for Public Transportation program to begin piloting a regional model
Food Security
P2P Actions on Food Security
Action Needed!
Continue to invest in food security initiatives
Support innovative projects like Market Dollars
Advocate for increased provincial social assistance rates
Connect with Food Matters to learn best practices
Health and Food Security
Social Determinants of Health
1. Income and Income Distribution
2. Education
3. Unemployment and Job Security
4. Employment and Working Conditions
5. Early Childhood Development
6. Food Insecurity
7. Housing
8. Social Exclusion
9. Social Safety Network
10. Health Services
11. Aboriginal Status
12. Gender
13. Race
14. Disability
In Canada there is no universally accepted definition of poverty

Certain assumptions are embedded in every definition of poverty

How you define poverty will shape your choice of strategies
Group Discussion:
The Poverty Stigma
P2P's Definition of Poverty
Poverty results from barriers to social and economic resources that prevent well-being and access to opportunities in the community
individual deficiencies
culture of poverty
situational poverty
structural poverty
Vibrant Communities Canada
Framework Example
P2P's Framework
Group Activity:
Brainstorming Solutions
and Evaluation
Wrap up
Thank You
For Attending
Contact Pathway to Potential
Lived Experience of Poverty
Food Security: the ability to secure safe, healthy, personally and culturally acceptable food.

“The conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national, and local levels, and are responsible for unfair and avoidable differences in individual and collective health status”

Organizational chart
Social Determinants of Health
1. Income and Income Distribution
2. Education
3. Unemployment and Job Security
4. Employment and Working Conditions
5. Early Childhood Development
6. Food Insecurity
7. Housing
8. Social Exclusion
9. Social Safety Network
10. Health Services
11. Aboriginal Status
12. Gender
13. Race
14. Disability
P2P's Pillars
“Interlocking problems require interlocking solutions”
Deserving vs. Undeserving Poor
What can you do?
Federal Level
Advocate for National Poverty Reduction Strategy
Reform Social Assistance
Enhance Minimum Wage and Index to Inflation
Increase Ontario Child Benefit
Support the local poverty reduction strategy
Provincial Level
Municipal Level
Affordable Housing Plan
Investments in child care
Enhance Child Tax Benefit and Working Income Tax Benefit
Thank YOU!
Canada does not have an official “poverty line”

54.7% of pre-tax income on food, clothing and shelter

Sole-support parent with one child in Windsor: $19,308

Family of 4: $29,996

50% of median income

Based on what a four-person family (two adults and two children) would spend on a basket of necessities
Measures of Poverty
Advocacy & Leveraging Resources
Become a champion
Individual Level
Program Level
Systemic Level
Challenge myths and stereotypes
Change the conversation
"Collective Impact"
Alignment of Funding Strategies
Engage those with lived experience
(Loewen, 2009)
Poverty in Windsor Essex
Support Local Innovation
Presentation to United Way Board of Directors
November, 19, 2014
Adam Vasey
Director, Pathway to Potential
Source: Statistics Canada (2008). CANSIM, Table 102-0122
Wealth Equals Health
1 in 6 people that you pass on the street in Windsor-Essex are currently living in poverty
6% of seniors in Windsor-Essex live in poverty
In Windsor-Essex County, 34.1% of lone parents have a low income
Homelessness costs the Canadian economy $7 billion annually
1 out of 5 children
and youth in
live in poverty
People in Windsor-Essex are living in poverty
The reality is that the average family in Windsor-Essex might be a job loss, wage decrease, or illness away from living in poverty
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