The one year update on the roadmap to end poverty in London will be presented at city hall Tuesday.
The Community and Protective Services Committee will review an update on London for All: A Roadmap to End Poverty, the project that outlines over 100 recommendations to end poverty in London. The process began last year with the creation of the Mayor’s Poverty Panel.
The report outlines progress that has already been made, but also the process of establishing an implementation body to see the process through.
“We had the panel, there were eight members on the panel. We really were facilitators, we brought community together, over a thousand community members participated in the process, and really helped write the report that we have now,” said poverty panel co-chair Councillor Maureen Cassidy.
“One of the directions that this city council gave to staff was to go ahead with the implementation body, go ahead and develop an implementation body that will bring these recommendations to life.”
A lead agency will serve as the implementation body for the recommendations, but they haven’t been chosen yet. The goal is to have them in place by next March or April.
There are a total of 112 short and long term recommendations that include actions to changing mindsets around poverty, income and employment, homelessness prevention and housing, transportation, early learning and education, food security, and system change. The report prioritized 27 recommendations to be initiated over the next 12 months.
The report says the recommendations are intended for the entire community to take on, together. Investments totaling more than $7.6 million over four years through the 2016-19 Multi-Year Budget for additional programs and services that address the causes and impacts of poverty in London have been approved by council.
The goal is to eliminate poverty in London in one generation.