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3 Dec 2019  |  No Comment >>

Good news from Disability Alliance BC. See below.
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) has sent out a letter to their clients that as of January 1, 2020 the Ministry will no longer require clients between the ages of 60 and 64 to apply for federal early Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits in order to be eligible for income or disability assistance or to avoid a reduction in the amount of their assistance.

If you will be under 65 years of age as of January 1, 2020, you …

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16 Nov 2019  |  No Comment >>

Every October, the Homeless Connect event is a sort of one-stop shop of services connecting those in need with help. RPRC chair De Whalen details this year’s event below.
During Homelessness Action Week, on Oct. 17 the Richmond community came together to welcome guests at the 11th annual Richmond Community (Homeless) Connect at St. Alban Anglican Church. About 65 people who are without an address or in precarious circumstances attended. They enjoyed the services provided by 30 community agencies and numerous volunteers such as haircuts, foot care, dental hygiene, chair massages …

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9 Apr 2019  |  No Comment >>

The New York Times recently published an article by columnist David Brooks, who talks about what Canada is doing right in tackling the issue of poverty in contrast to our neighbours to the south. An excerpt:

“In Canada it’s not like that. About 15 years ago, a disparate group of Canadians realized that a problem as complex as poverty can be addressed only through a multisector comprehensive approach. They realized that poverty was not going to be reduced by some innovation — some cool, new program nobody thought of before. It …

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31 Oct 2018  |  No Comment >>

Starting last month, families and seniors may be eligible for increased benefits under the BC Housing Rental Assistance Program. Please refer to the attached poster.

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1 Oct 2018  |  No Comment >>

For those interested in advance voting for the 2018 Richmond Election, the first opportunity is a little under a week away. Please refer to the chart below for exact locations.

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15 May 2018  |  No Comment >>

A note from our friends at RUSH in regards to a rally taking place this Thursday. Please see below, and sign up on the Facebook event page if you plan on attending. Thank you!
 
Greetings Richmondites United for Supportive Housing:
We finally have confirmation that Richmond city council will be holding their Open Meeting on Supportive Housing Thursday, May 17 — this is the date we have all been working towards. You can register to speak from 6 p.m. on (there will be a sign-up sheet inside the hall just outside the …

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3 Jan 2018  |  No Comment >>

The Richmond Poverty Response Committee launched the “Eliminating barriers to participation for Richmond residents experiencing poverty” project in late 2016. The first phase of involved a series of facilitated conversation circles where both individuals experiencing poverty and agency staff could share their stories in a safe environment. Below is an executive summary of the final report based on those conversation circles findings.
According to the Low-Income Measure, it is estimated that just over 22 per cent of Richmond residents would be considered low income in 2011. The percentage of low-income households …