I fully support the city’s affordable housing strategy and its goals. The focus of our current housing approach is on the chronically homeless and hard to house individuals. We need to expand this program to ensure there are spaces for those fleeing abuse and families, to help lift children out of poverty.
I am committed to expanding the availability of transit services and continuing initiatives like Providing Affordable Transit Here (PATH), providing free bus passes to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
I successfully advocated for policy change on the issue of diversity training for Council and employees. I will continue to champion the elimination of racism and discrimination, leading by example and helping to create a sense of place for all Edmontonians.
While poverty is a complex issue requiring a multi-faceted approach, I believe with a committed city council and sustained efforts by community partners, we will have better outcomes for vulnerable Edmontonians living in poverty.