The Changing the Face of Poverty group in Kamloops, BC, is a network of community and faith based organizations, individuals, and businesses working collectively to coordinate, connect, and create resources and solutions related to the issue of poverty in Kamloops. The Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan and a group called Money Matters are sub-committees of this strong grassroots community group.
■ To work together to create one strong voice
■ To develop creative solutions for poverty related challenges
■ To link groups that provide services and supports
■ To build partnerships to create long term solutions
■ To Increase access to safe, affordable housing
■ To develop additional emergency housing
■ To raise awareness about poverty issues
■ To expand the current network of partnerships
■ To engage partners in solution based action planning
■ To develop funding supports through partnerships and collaboration
■ To liaison with community decision makers on strategies to reduce poverty
Better understanding of the local costs of living faced by families in our community is the first step towards effective and relevant decision making and a community leadership base that is ready to deal with the pressures that many families face. This calculation is based on the guide developed by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, First Call BC, and the Social Planning Council of Victoria. The Living Wage in Kamloops for a 2 parent family with 2 children is $17.95/hour for each adult, full-time 35 hours/week.