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Ending racism, providing affordable housing among recommendations to end poverty

WATCH ABOVE: Eliminating poverty in Edmonton in a single generation: that's the goal of a task force led by Mayor Don Iveson. Tom Vernon has the plan.

EDMONTON – A task force believes it has come up with a plan to eliminate poverty in Edmonton.

The EndPovertyEdmonton task force, co-chaired by Mayor Don Iveson and Bishop Jane Alexander, has released a strategy that includes 28 recommendations said to be a starting point to eliminating poverty.

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“Poverty affects the lives of more than 100,000 Edmontonians every day, including 33,000 children. That’s not acceptable,” said Iveson.

The task force has identified six key areas of the 28 recommendations the group believes will be an important start:

  • Eliminate racism
  • Livable incomes
  • Affordable housing
  • Accessible and affordable transit
  • Affordable and quality child care
  • Access to mental health service

The 22-person task force also received recommendations from 200 Edmontonians who participated in seven Working Groups between Sept. 2014 and March 2015.

“The rates of Edmontonians, especially children, living in poverty, and the physical and emotional effects it has on them, are too high. This is the time to shift the conversation and help all citizens thrive,” said Alexander.

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EndPovertyEdmonton will present its strategy to city council on Sept. 22.