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Sparc surrey poverty_reduction

  1. 1. A Collaborative Research Project on Poverty in Surrey PROGRESS REPORT JULY 11, 2011
  2. 2. Our committee <ul><li>Working closely with Surrey City staff, Fraser Health representatives and SPARC BC — Social Planning and Research Council of BC </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011 <ul><li>Vibrant Surrey </li></ul><ul><li>Surrey Homelessness and Housing Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>Housing and Homelessness Society </li></ul>
  3. 3. Surrey is playing a leadership role <ul><li>poverty rate is below the provincial and regional averages </li></ul><ul><li>homeless counts show reduced numbers of homeless </li></ul><ul><li>less people living on the streets </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  4. 4. Surrey is playing a leadership role <ul><li>partnerships with the province are making a difference </li></ul><ul><li>the City’s support is showing tangible results </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  5. 5. Poverty is a large, troubling and persistent problem <ul><li>our research shows that about 16,000 Surrey families lived in low income during 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>this represents 15.6 per cent of all families </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  6. 6. Breaking the cycle of poverty <ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Income </li></ul><ul><li>Supports </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  7. 7. TRANSPORTATION <ul><li>it costs $5,750 to operate a vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>fuel costs in 2009 were $1,920 </li></ul><ul><li>a monthly transit pass is $151 if you live in Surrey and work in Vancouver </li></ul><ul><li>transportation is essential for employment opportunities </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  8. 8. HOUSING <ul><li>Surrey’s housing prices are more affordable </li></ul><ul><li>average Surrey rent  in 2010 was $811 per month (22% below the regional average) </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 10 renter households spend 50% or more of their income on housing </li></ul><ul><li>waiting lists for social housing are getting longer </li></ul><ul><li>affordable housing makes a difference </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  9. 9. INCOME <ul><li>Surrey is successful at providing for a high quality of life for many residents </li></ul><ul><li>15.6 per cent of Surrey families are in low income </li></ul><ul><li>groups under stress include new immigrant households, seniors, Aboriginal people, single parent families plus working poor and low income families </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  10. 10. INCOME <ul><li>The National Council on Welfare says that a two-parent-two-child BC family  received $21,016 in 2008   </li></ul><ul><li>$5,000 per person—or $300 a week—to cover all basic needs </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  11. 11. SUPPORT <ul><li>affordable child care </li></ul><ul><li>access to education and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>a strong social safety net </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY. PROGRESS REPORT . JULY 2011
  12. 12. SUPPORT <ul><li>the types of initiatives that are in place around the family child tax benefit and supports for seniors are working </li></ul><ul><li>after tax changes have reduced the incidence of poverty for families in Surrey from 16,000 to 12,000 </li></ul><ul><li>the poverty rate for seniors went from 16.4 per cent to 8.7 per cent </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  13. 13. A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  14. 14. will make a difference <ul><li>community-based solutions </li></ul><ul><li>facts and dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>community forums </li></ul><ul><li>recommendations to council in early 2012 </li></ul>A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
  15. 15. A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT ON POVERTY IN SURREY PROGRESS REPORT JULY 2011
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