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Poverty to Possibility

What do we know?

Many people in your community are at risk of homelessness, addictions, mental health issues, illiteracy or abuse.

Meeting people's basics needs is the first step to breaking the cycle of poverty. Educating the community and addressing problems at the root cause will help individuals and families have stability and independence.


The child poverty rate in the Central Island is one of the highest in British Columbia at over 14 percent, with many families regularly struggling to make ends meet and to provide the basic necessities.


When people are struggling to make ends meet, they may lack access to basic needs, such as shelter, food, and clothing. Moving from poverty to possibility requires enabling people to meet such needs through practical supports, training, education, and employment supports.

However, addressing poverty requires more than efforts to meet basic day-to-day needs. When people live in poverty, their capacity to participate in community life is reduced, and isolation often results.

Learn more about the lives you've helped to change.

Here are some stats on homelessness from the Comox Valley. 

Break the cycle of poverty and empower people to achieve success.

Your donation to United Way's Community Fund supports 15 programs for more than 2,700 people.

Your donation help:

373 low-income adults and seniors receive regular nutritious meals and learn how to prepare healthy meals. 

1,179 adults access support services for transitional housing and addictions counselling, and are educated on mental health issues. 

373 homeless people or who are at risk of homelessness receive assistance finding housing and support to help exit homelessness. 

 For a list of programs in your community supported by United Way's Community Fund, click here.


Homelessness Partnership Strategy

Your United Way is a key player in ending homelessness. In collaboration with a local Community Advisory Board, United Way oversees funding of $634,632 in Nanaimo for the federal government's local Homelessness Partnering Strategy. 

Read more about United Way's management of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy in Nanaimo.

Read Protecting the Vulnerable: Nanaimo's Action Plan to Reduce the Harms Associated with The Sex Trade (a draft working document prepared by the City of Nanaimo). 

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