Helping Our Most Vulnerable
Londoners care about our most vulnerable citizens.
They are our neighbors. They are our family. They are a part of us.
For too long, London’s leadership has failed to adequately understand and respond to the struggles of our most vulnerable.
Here are the facts:
- Our city is now facing a crippling addiction and homelessness crisis.
- Over 21,000 Londoners now rely on social assistance just to get by.
- The strain on our social service agencies has reached a tipping point.
- Our police are being forced to spend more time responding to social and health problems and less time keeping us safe.
- Used needles are being found more often in our parks and playgrounds.
- Between 300-500 of our most hurting citizens cost our community $12-15 million every year.
Police: $2 million
Hospital Services: $2-3 million
Shelters: $5-7 million
Support Services:$3 million
Total: $12-15 million
I have spent a lot of time getting to know many of these struggling Londoners. I have been to their homes and listened to their stories.
They feel isolated, fearful, and ignored. They are doing their best, but they need help.
I have also met with small business owners, landlords, and neighbors.
They are also frustrated with the situation. They, their customers, and their employees also feel alone, fearful, and ignored.
This is unacceptable and we need to fix it.
My plan is to:
- Invest in affordable, accessible housing,
- Expand our Community Policing program to protect our citizens, neighborhoods, and business districts.
- Expand harm reduction and prevention initiatives,
- Extend special support for women, youth, and indigenous peoples,
- Expand London CAReS, and,
- Improve engagement between social services and those they serve.
My plan will set four specific objectives to be accomplished over my four-year term:
- Rehabilitate and re-engage 80% of our most vulnerable citizens (about 400 people).
- Provide a clean, safe, supportive civic infrastructure for our most vulnerable citizens, such as improved lighting and security cameras.
- Educate Londoners on the medical issues confronting our most vulnerable, especially addiction and mental health.
- Improve public safety the support network throughout our downtown and neighbourhoods.
This plan is clear, focused, and achievable.
If the true measure of our society is how we care for our most vulnerable citizens, then it’s about time we made this a priority.