City of Regina
Saskatchewan CA

CC Notice of Motion
MN21-14

Action on Homelessness, Poverty, and Community Wellbeing

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Department:Office of the City ClerkSponsors:
Category:Not Applicable

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WHEREAS Camp Hope has demonstrated the state of poverty, inequality, addictions, homelessness, and housing insecurity in Regina;

 

WHEREAS the number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids in Regina are increasing significantly;

 

WHEREAS the Official Community Plan recognizes that “Health and safety are key elements in ensuring that Regina remains a city of choice in which to live, work, and raise a family”;

 

WHEREAS the City of Regina has worked with community organizations and the province to draft a Plan to End Homelessness;

 

WHEREAS changes to various income support programs and inadequate income support rates are contributing to poverty, housing insecurity and homelessness in Regina and across Saskatchewan;

 

WHEREAS the City of Regina is working to draft a Community Wellness and Public Safety Strategy;

 

WHEREAS all levels of government must collaborate to address the needs of residents and the plight of the most marginalized in our community; and

 

WHEREAS community organizations shoulder a disproportionate responsibility in dealing with poverty, inequality and housing insecurity in Regina;

 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that City Council call on the Province of Saskatchewan to:

1.     Review all income support programs, income support delivery models, and income support rates with the aim of eliminating poverty in Saskatchewan;

 

2.     Consider the implications of implementing a basic income program;

 

3.     Fund in full Regina’s Plan to End Homelessness;

 

4.     Increase funding for para-transit and conventional transit services that provide assistance to lower income residents;

 

5.     Work with the City and community organizations to develop culturally appropriate housing options, addiction supports, and other anti-poverty initiatives;

 

6.     Collaborate with the City to advance and finance the Community Wellbeing and Public Safety Strategy;

 

7.     Provide full funding for the RTSIS and City of Regina-managed housing and anti-poverty facility and programs that emerged from Camp Hope until such time as those services are no longer required in Regina.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Andrew Stevens

Councillor – Ward 3

             

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    Cheryl Stadnichuk

    Councillor Ward 1