What Do You Know About Poverty In The ACRD?

In an effort to create awareness and stimulate discussion around the complex issue of poverty in our region we are reaching out to you to find out - what do you know or want to know about poverty?

Recognizing that poverty is a complex issue which cannot be addressed by any one organization or initiative, the ACHN has participated and convened efforts to move this conversation forward. Since November 2015 the following actions have been taken to engage communities and local leaders:
• November 2015 Community Response to Poverty Forum in the Alberni Valley organized by MLA Scott Fraser
• Local Mayors, Regional District Directors and organizational leads convened to identify next steps January 2016
• Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Poverty Forum – February 2016
• Working Together to Reduce Poverty Workshop, May 30th 2016 organized by the Alberni Clayoquot Health Network
• Identification of 5 Outcome areas and development of Theory of Change to Reduce Poverty in the ACRD
• Creation and endorsement of the Alberni Clayoquot Working Together to Reduce Poverty Protocol Agreement
Now it is up to all of us to keep this conversation in the forefront, to continue work with community partners to plan actions to address this complex social issue. 

So tell us, what do you know about poverty in the ACRD?

* 1. Did you know that the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) is currently experiences the 4th highest rates of poverty out of 29 Regional Districts in BC with 22.1% living in low income homes?

* 2. Did you know  that the ACRD has child poverty rate of 30.6% and 36.3% of children and youth in the region living in low income homes?

* 3. Did you know that the ACRD experiences core housing need of 14.8% with 46.4% of renters spending more than 30% of their income on housing and 12.7% of dwellings requiring major repairs?

* 4. During the May 2016 Working Together to Reduce Poverty in the ACRD participants identified 5 outcome areas which they felt would be impactful areas to begin to address issues of poverty. Poverty is a complex issue, in your opinion what would be the best outcomes to place emphasis to ensure a lasting, positive impact?

  Most impactful Least impactful
Affordable housing
Nutritious food available for children, youth and families
Education on what poverty looks like in the ACRD
Mental health and addictions service continuity
Youth homelessness
Something else entirely

* 5. Below is a list of actions to increase accessible housing generated at the May 2016 engagement session, in your opinion which actions present opportunities to address poverty in the ACRD?

* 6. Below is a list of actions around mental health and substance use generated at the May 2016 engagement session, in your opinion which actions present opportunities to address poverty in the ACRD?

* 7. Below is a list of actions to increase access to nutritious food for children, youth and families generated at the May 2016 engagement session, in your opinion which actions present opportunities to address poverty in the ACRD?

* 8. Below is a list of actions to address education around impacts of poverty in the ACRD generated at the May 2016 engagement session, in your opinion which actions present opportunities to address poverty in the ACRD?

* 9. Below is a list of actions to decrease youth homelessness generated at the May 2016 engagement session, in your opinion which actions present opportunities to address poverty in the ACRD?

* 10. What would you consider a success in our journey to address issues of poverty in the ACRD?

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