Neighbourhood-Based Strategies for Poverty Reduction

Submitted by Natasha Pei on April 27, 2017 - 6:54am

This fall our Vibrant Communities Canada and Deepening Communities teams are collaborating on studying Neighbourhood-Based Strategies that Reduce Poverty. Over the course of three webinars, we are working with our partners to understand various models of place-based poverty reduction strategies that are identifying assets in targeted neighbourhoods, and building individual and community capacity. See where we are so far:

1. Parkdale, Toronto's Neighbourhood Land Trust Model

Victor Willis of Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) and Nancy Henderson of Parkdale Community Legal Services shared an overview of lessons and challenges that relate to how diverse organizations have worked collectively to move beyond organizational boundaries and build more equitable local economies. Using the Parkdale neighbourhood in Toronto as a rich example, Victor and Nancy were able to speak to some of the specific issues that a neighbourhood-based strategy can tackle in an effort to reduce poverty.

2.Edmonton, Alberta's 1000 Families Initiative and Sustainable Livelihoods

Anne Smith and Anna Bubel of United Way of the Alberta Capital Region were very candid as they provided an overview of how they are applying the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework at the neighbourhood-level, as a person-centered approach that builds on the strengths existing in local communities, and creates a web of supporting assets for individuals and families struggling with poverty. The question period focused on tangible take-away’s in areas such as evaluation, logistics, and partnerships for people looking to apply this approach in other contexts and local communities.

3.Baltimore, Maryland's Promise Neighbourhood Approach

About Promise Heights

Promise Heights was established in 2009, to improve educational outcomes for youth and ensure families are healthy and successful in the West Baltimore community of Upton/Druid Heights. Promise Height’s mission is to create a comprehensive child, family, and community building model in Upton/Druid Heights that provides children and youth (aged 0-24 years) with educational, social, physical, and economic opportunities and which allows them to thrive and succeed in school, work, and family life.  

About B'more for Healthy Babies

Research has shown what happens early in life profoundly affects everything that follows.B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) is the first program in Promise Heights' pipeline of services with the goal to reduce infant mortality and increase healthy birth outcomes. 

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Take Your Learning Further

This is the third of a three-part online learning series looking at models of neighbourhood-based poverty reduction strategies. See others in this series: