Helping local people overcome poverty

About 1 in 10 (189,000) Calgarians live in poverty.

1 in 3 Calgarians worry about money for housing.

48% of Albertans are $200 or less away from being unable to pay their bills.

1 in 2 Calgarians worry about not being able to save for the future.

When people are financially stable, they aren’t worried about their next meal, how they’re going to pay their rent, or whether they’ll be able to afford a coat for their kids. But for those living on a low income, these worries follow them around on a daily basis. For people living in poverty, opportunities to build a good life—including access to meaningful social networks, good jobs, and affordable housing—aren’t equally available. Poverty touches almost every aspect of people’s lives—from food, shelter, and employment to mental and physical well-being.

This is why United Way works with partner agencies to ensure people have access to food, shelter, employment opportunities, and a chance to stabilize their income—affording them opportunities to build a good life.

Enough for All is working to make poverty history in Calgary.

To help Calgarians overcome poverty, United Way partnered with The City of Calgary, Vibrant Communities Calgary, and Momentum to launch Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy Enough for All. The strategy aims to ensure that Calgary is a strong, supportive, and inclusive community, where everyone has sufficient income and assets to thrive, and all Indigenous people are equal participants in Calgary’s future.

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See the lives changed

Kathy

Kathy has volunteered at the community centre near her house for years. Read how serving in her community has become her second home.

Travis

Travis went from experiencing homelessness to studying at university. Now, he’s helping others get their lives on track.

Mike

Mike lived his life on the streets, selling scraps to survive. As he got older, it became harder to continue.

Learn more about the #UNIGNORABLE issues we’re tackling in our community

Basic Needs

Financial Stability

Employment Opportunities

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