The Cranbrook Social Planning Society is praising the BC government for taking steps to support the homeless.
The Province will host a poverty reduction strategy meeting at the Senior Citizens Hall 4:30 to 7:30 PM Thursday.
Its one of roughly 30 meetings discussing the issue across British Columbia.
The Society’s Kerri Wall feels its essential for BC to create a strategy to support the less fortunate.
“It does make sense that they consult with British Columbians all over the province,” Wall says. “Particularly they want to hear from people with lived experience about what its like to be poor, what they think would help and how the government can support them.”
Wall says all other provinces either have a strategy in place or are working on one.
She feels issues in Cranbrook can be seen province wide, like a lack of affordable housing and daycare.
“They are really around affordable housing, supports for children and families and really daycare is at the top of that one,” Wall says. “Looking at supplementary healthcare like dental and optical care, more pharmacare, income and employment supports. So the issues are quite universal.”
Wall says Cranbrook serves as a hub for vulnerable people throughout the entire region.
She feels provincial support is needed to help bear the burden from regional poverty.
– Kerri Wall, Cranbrook Social Planning Society