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Poverty Reduction Strategy

Poverty Reduction Report: June 30, 2012

Following a deputation to City Council in October 2010 by members of the Access to Permanent Housing Committee and the Poverty Coalition Committee the development of a joint Poverty Reduction Strategy was approved by the Councils of the City of Kawartha Lakes and the County of Haliburton.

A community agency-led approach was approved and through a consensus of agency representatives the lead agency, Technology Alliance Group (TAG) was chosen to develop the strategy. The lead agency was responsible for the development and writing of the strategy. TAG partnered with the John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton and U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research to assist in the collection of data and research and to write the report.

A steering committee was established to oversee the general development and preparation of the report and provide advice to the lead agency.

Financial resources for the project were provided by both the City and County as well as through the partners. A two day “Poverty to Possibilities” forum was held on June 19 and 20, 2012 in Haliburton, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and community agencies, to support the project. Multiple focus groups and two surveys were conducted to solicit input from the community.

Members of the Steering Committee and the agency partners were fully cognizant of the daunting scope of the task and worked toward the development of a strategy that could initiate a broader process. Through the development of the strategy it became increasingly evident that the resulting report could not in and of itself fully create or identify solutions.

The commitment of time and resources of residents, agencies and Steering Committee members in the development of this strategy was vital to the successes to date. While this initial report has now been completed, a progressive approach to poverty reduction is necessary. It is the belief of the Steering Committee that this document should be used as a catalyst for implementing this sustainable approach. The strategy is presented as an inaugural document to set this foundation and support the creation of a broader citizen-led poverty reduction process for the community.

As the detailed implementation approach is developed and initiated, successive reports will build on this foundation.

For further information, contact Rod Sutherland, Director of Human Services at 705-324-9870 ext. 3206.

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