Affordable housing a top concern for people living in poverty, report finds
VANCOUVER—When it comes to forming the basis of a poverty reduction strategy, Shane Simpson, B.C.’s minister of social development and poverty reduction, said it was essential to actually hear from the estimated 557,000 British Columbians living below the poverty line — four-in-10 of them “working poor,” he said.
StarMetro obtained an advance copy of his ministry’s report on a months-long, province-wide public consultation, compiled by SPARC BC (the Social Planning and Research Council) and released Thursday afternoon. The report is one of the first steps in creating the province’s first-ever poverty reduction strategy.
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