The City of Calgary, together with a number of agencies has launched “Enough for All” this morning, a committment to reduce poverty by 50 per cent by 2023.
Today, one in 10 Calgarians, which is equal to the population of Red Deer, is living in poverty and the problem is growing. One in five people in the city are concerned about not having enough money for food, and one in three are concerned about not having enough money for housing.
“In our community, we understand the basic truth that our neighbour’s success is our success,” said Mayor Nenshi. “However, that also means our neighbour’s failure is our failure. We all need to take action to fight poverty now and this campaign helps citizens discover what they can do to make a real and positive difference.”
The new campaign is intended to remove the barriers and the stigma attached to poverty and encourage Calgarians to take action. Concerned Calgarians have chosen a red ring to symbolize the commitment needed to end poverty in Calgary.
“A collection of Calgarians, from all walks of life, have said enough is enough. Great cities, those that prosper and are world class, are cities where everyone comes together and looks after their neighbours,” said Franco Savoia, Executive Director, Vibrant Communities Calgary.
“Poverty makes it hard to be optimistic about the future. It impacts high school completion rates, childhood development, accessing and maintaining employment, and overall health and well-being,” said Dr. Lucy Miller, CEO, United Way of Calgary. “We believe there is Enough for All and by harnessing the collective energy and passion of Calgarians, we can reduce poverty in our community.”
The campaign will run for approximately two years and is financially supported by the United Way, the Calgary Foundation and the City of Calgary.
The public is encouraged to visit EnoughForAll for examples of actions they can take.