There are many Edmontonians whose basic needs are not being met, including regular access to water, food, shelter, and clothing. Without consistent access to these essentials, people are unable to survive, let alone thrive in our city.
Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the population of Edmontonians whose basic needs are at risk has grown. These Edmontonians live paycheck to paycheck, and in today’s reality, job security is hard to come by. What makes this matter even more concerning is that a growing number of Edmonton youths are among the population that are unable to have their basic needs met.
For years, we have been making ideological statements that fail to improve the day-to-day lives of marginalized and underserved individuals. We have also been declaring sole responsibility for serious and complex issues - like solving poverty or homelessness - that are not achievable by any one organization or order of government. Rather, impactful and meaningful change on these issues will take all members of our community.
As a city, we need to do all that we can - within our means and mandate - to enable a life of dignity for our most vulnerable Edmontonians.
Make a noticeable difference in the day-to-day lives of those who need it most by bringing the city’s best assets, effort, and commitment forward.
An Edmonton that works for everyone - no matter a person’s beliefs, origins, circumstances, or what part of the city they live in - and includes Edmontonians that face the challenges of living in poverty or not having a home.
All Edmontonians have reasonable access to the basic necessities and dignities required to be active or get involved in building stronger communities. Neighbourhood residents and stakeholders collectively influence their community’s future to attain a quality of life that is socially and economically healthy and sustainable. The City is viewed to be a constructive, effective, and essential partner by the organizations that have the mandate to serve this community.