London urgently needs to address poverty. Recent census data shows that 1 in 4 children live in poverty in our community. While the rest of the country is gaining, unemployment at home remains stubbornly high. More and more families are having a tough time making ends meet.
London for All: A Roadmap to End Poverty is our community’s plan to end poverty in a generation. It’s an ambitious goal and the time is right. We have a better understanding of the causes and impacts of poverty. Our provincial and federal governments are paying more attention to the issue. Locally, London has many passionate, intelligent people working together to address the root causes.
Our community is rallying around a growing resolve that “it ends here.”
In May 2017, United Way Elgin Middlesex was named Lead Agency to implement London for All. In our role as project manager, United Way brings partners together to:
- develop and oversee implementation plans
- ensure ongoing evaluation and accountability
- report back to stakeholders, including the community
- ensure individuals with lived experience of poverty have meaningful involvement in all aspects of the work, including leadership roles
Poverty is about our entire community. It impacts us all, because a community that experiences poverty can’t reach its potential when people lack or are denied the economic, social or cultural resources to participate. It’s time to end poverty so that everyone gets the opportunity to reach their full potential.
“The goal of these recommendations is for London to reach its full potential by ending poverty in one generation”