Many people in Surrey need to rely on their cars to get to and from work, school, shopping, recreation and medical appointments. For many low income households the cost of transportation can be significant. The Plan recommends promoting and supporting communities that are safe, healthy, and child-friendly and working with community partners and other levels of government to ensure that transportation choices are available to support the well-being and inclusion of all residents.
• Develop Higher Density, Transit-Oriented Communities
• Promote Walking, Cycling and other Transportation Alternatives
• Advocate for Increased Transit Service
• Advocate for More Affordable and Accessible Transit Services
Access to safe, affordable housing plays an essential role in supporting the economic and social well-being of families and individuals. While housing in Surrey is more affordable when compared to other parts of the Metro Vancouver region, there are still too many families and individuals living in Surrey who are unable to find housing that is affordable with the resources that they have available. As one of the single largest expenditures in a household’s budget, access to affordable housing plays an important role in helping to break the dynamics of poverty and low income.
• Advocate for a National Housing Strategy
• Address Homelessness
• Maintain and Increase the Supply of Non-Market and Social Housing
• Ensure that Market Rental Housing is Accessible and Affordable for Low Income Households
• Support the Provision of Affordable and Appropriate Housing
While there is the potential for families and individuals living in Surrey to benefit from the economic and social opportunities that come with the growth and change that the City is experiencing, there is also the need to work actively to ensure that such opportunities are available to everyone. For some, this might mean improving access to training programs and other initiatives designed to provide greater financial stability to low income families and individuals who are living from pay cheque to pay cheque. For others, it might mean working to strengthen and enhance the social safety net.
• Advocate for Federal and Provincial Policy and Program Improvements
• Increase Awareness about Income Services and Supports
• Promote Local Economic Development
• Living Wage
Many families and individuals living in low income face real challenges in meeting basic day to day needs. Access to affordable child care, education and other opportunities can make a real difference in helping families and individuals to overcome the challenges of poverty and low income. Place-based strategies that focus on providing supports to those who are most vulnerable can help to not only address gaps in the social safety net but they can also help to provide low income families and individuals with the kind of stability and support that they need to move forward in their lives.
• Promote Healthy Children and Youth
• Support Education and Literacy
• Increase Access to Post-Secondary Education Build a Healthy and Inclusive Community
• Improve Health Outcomes
• Support the Settlement of Recent Immigrants