The Income focus area concentrates on supports that help people grow lives of independence and financial stability. Along with the struggles experienced by the profound number of people living in poverty in the region, the daily reality for people living on the margins is also bleak. Many thousands are one unexpected expense away from financial disaster - unable to afford rent, facing eviction and homelessness.
65,694 people helped through United Way investments
23 Funded Programs and Partnerships helped:
- 5,355 people with financial literacy & asset building
- 2,359 people with employment & skills training
- 6,454 people with quality and secure housing
- 51,526 access healthy & affordable food
Of the people helped:
- 2,545 participants chose to identify as Aboriginal
- 786 participants identified as an Immigrant and/or Refugee
How we do it.
United Way invests in our region's success by providing funding where the need is greatest. Our strategy is 100% local, shaped specifically for the Alberta Capital Region and impacts families right here in our community.
Employment Skills & Training
People living in low-income are the most vulnerable to employment loss, unemployment and underemployment. They face multiple barriers to finding and retaining employment, including lack of education and job skills, lack of qualifications, high costs of childcare, lack of transportation, and lack of confidence.
Financial Literacy Training
Families living in low-incomes often struggle to manage finances, have fewer assets, if any, and are at an increased risk for acquiring more debt to make end meets. By helping improve money management skills and providing convenient access to financial support programs, families are able to get on track and plan for a better future.
Quality & Secure Housing
Attaining and maintaining quality, safe and affordable housing is a challenge for many people living in poverty. Shelter is by far the biggest expense for people living with low-income, with some people spending 30% or more of their total household income on housing costs. Individuals and families thrive when they have a stable and safe home.
Healthy & Affordable Food
Low-income households often have to choose between paying rent, paying bills or buying food. Lack of adequate food can have negative effects on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of an individual. Malnutrition can negatively impact employee’s productivity and children’s ability to concentrate and learn.