Understanding Poverty

Poverty is often thought of as a question of income – not having enough money to meet one’s essential needs of food, clothing and housing. But the experience of poverty for individuals, families and our community is broader than just a focus on income alone. It includes issues of education and employment, health and wellbeing, equity and access, affordable housing and transportation and the overall dignity and quality of life available to all residents in our community. 

We’ve created this list of resources to broaden our understanding of poverty – to create awareness for the issues, understand how they intersect to create systemic barriers to opportunities for individuals, families and community and to inspire action for how we can create sustainable solutions together.