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A Letter from Mayor Eisenberger

April 4, 2017 Poverty Reduction


I believe poverty remains our City's greatest challenge. That's why I put forward a proposal last year to earmark $50 million towards a ten year investment in poverty reduction.

At the time, City Council agreed and asked staff to work with community partners to develop a poverty reduction investment strategy.

That plan will be discussed on Wednesday morning in Council Chambers. I believe it must move forward.

The investment plan includes $10 million over three years to repair empty social housing units so families can live in them again; $10 million towards portable housing allowances to ease the unacceptable wait-list for affordable housing; the proposal also includes $5 million for homelessness prevention and $5 million to housing stability programs. We also want to do our part to heed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action and invest in our urban indigenous community's fight to tackle poverty.

I believe we need to send a strong message to City Council: We will never be a truly prosperous community until we tackle our unacceptable levels of poverty.

There is power in numbers... I hope you can join us in City Hall, Council Chambers on Wednesday morning (April 5th at 9:30) to show your support for this plan to invest in poverty reduction and affordable housing.

If you would like to sign up to speak to the Councillors that morning, the deadline for a delegation request is Tuesday at noon.. 

You can also let us know if you're able to attend by signing up at the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction's Facebook Event Page:

With thanks for your support,

Mayor Fred EisenbergerCity of Hamilton


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