Exposing Poverty in Whitehorse
What's going on in Whitehorse? Why is it happening?
What's happening in Whitehorse?
There is great reason to be concerned.
Just ask the experts."Poverty is deepening, and hitting more families with children, and particularly women-led families," Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition's Charlotte Hrenchuck says. "That is the same as the trend throughout Canada. Women and children are the fastest-rising population of the homeless."
As you can see families are being struck by poverty the most. There is not have enough to feed their families. In a country like Canada, this is not acceptable.
Poverty in Whitehorse is Going the Wrong Way
Numbers don't lie.
And the numbers in Whitehorse do not look good.
The Whitehorse Food bank provides food for over 1300 people per month. And last year it was 1000 people per month. So the need is getting greater every year.
The Salvation Army serves a generous 5000 meals per year, but last year only 3500 were needed.
YACP says, "People need a place to live and the waiting list for affordable housing is too long."
Ending poverty in Whitehorse
On February 2011, the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition released a report called, "A Home For Everyone" a housing action plan for Whitehorse. It was based on a year of research by a housing task force.
So on February 11, we witnessed a piece of history held at the City Hall where three levels of government jointly announced that they will work together to end homelessness. This will take place in 30 communities across the country before April 30. In Whitehorse we will be counting not only those who are sleeping in rough quarters but also people who move from house to house and are at risk of homelessness.
But will this be the end of poverty in Whitehorse?
What Can I Do?
- Learn about homelessness and poverty
- Treat a homeless person how you would love to be treated. Honour them as human beings because they have feelings as well.
- Donate food or cash to the Food Bank
- Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity or the Salvation Army Food Bank
- Shop at stores that support communities dealing with poverty