Group seeks input on poverty reduction strategy

Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance is inviting the public to voice their opinions on poverty prevention on March 18.

Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance is inviting the public to voice their opinions on poverty prevention on March 18.

The alliance, a group of local not-for-profit agencies and individuals, is hosting Prosperity for All: Preparing Red Deer for Poverty Reduction by Creating a Vibrant Community, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Black Knight Inn. Lunch will be provided.

“Poverty is viewed as a complex issue, but CAPRA is working to break down those complexities and determine some tangible tasks for our community and our leaders to take on,” said Amanda Ens, alliance co-ordinator.

She said poverty reduction strategies are more than food banks, welfare and handouts.

“We’re looking at more prevention strategies.”

The alliance has already identified different populations that should be the focus of strategies: recent immigrants, aboriginals, women, persons with disabilities, seniors, single parents, oilpatch families/seasonal workers/families with one parent working away from the home community, children and youth, and people with addictions.

RSVPs for the Vibrant Community meeting are required. Call Ens at 403-342-8102.

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