For Immediate Release
Complete the 15-minute Poverty Reduction Strategy Survey before December 10!
Langley, BC – People in Langley are invited to provide their feedback to support the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Living Well in Langley. Residents are encouraged to complete a 10–15-minute poverty reduction survey before December 10, 2021. Participants who complete the survey can be entered into a draw to win one of three $100 grocery store gift cards. Paper copies of the survey are also available at Langley libraries.
The Langley Poverty Reduction Task Group, a sub-group of the Langley Healthier Community Partnership, wants to create a Langley that lifts people up, breaks the cycle of poverty, and builds a better community for everyone. To do this, they need to learn more about residents' abilities to meet their needs in Langley and improvements they would like to see in the future.
“We want to understand what prevents Langley residents from participating in the activities they need or want to do, what experiences are challenging or stressful, and what people need to feel more connected to their community,” said City of Langley, Director of Recreation, Culture & Community Services, Kim Hilton. “We are asking all residents to complete a 15-minute survey so we can develop a Poverty Reduction Strategy that helps the people in our community who need it most.”
“The Langley Poverty Reduction Task Group wants to learn about peoples’ financial ability to meet their needs, including housing, childcare and support services; access to education and skill-building; and opportunities to create more space for everyone to belong,” said Patrick Ward, Township of Langley, Strategic/Social Planner. “We would like to encourage all residents to complete the 15-minute survey, and then take part in the other engagement activities that are a part of this strategy.”
The Healthier Community Partnership is a joint initiative of the City of Langley, Township of Langley, and Fraser Health Authority, and comprises public and non-profit organizations working together to provide broad-based community input and guidance for the development of concrete action plans to improve the overall health of the community. The City and Township of Langley were each awarded a provincial grant to assist the Task Group with the development of this new strategy based on local opportunities and needs.
Opportunities to share your stories and provide input will occur between November 2021 and January 2022, and the strategy is expected to be completed by Summer 2022. For more information on the Living Well in Langley: Poverty Reduction Strategy, visit langleycity.ca or tol.ca/livingwell.
Samantha Paulson, Communications Officer
City of Langley
Township of Langley