Transportation

Access to affordable transportation is a key factor in the ability of an individual or family to manage and overcome experiences of low-income and poverty. Where accessible public transit programs have been introduced and reviewed, they have been shown to successfully increase employment opportunities and job security; raise the amount of funds available for other basic needs; allow greater access to asset building opportunities such as education and employment training; improve health outcomes by providing access to medical facilities and appointments; reduce social exclusion through increased ability to meet with one’s social support network and attend community events; and enhance quality of life due to a greater sense of independence, increased social connections, sense of contribution to the community, and reduced stress (Beveridge, 2016).

Affordable and accessible transit not only creates positive economic and social benefits for those with low-incomes, but also for societies on the whole (Beveridge, 2016). As a result, many major, Canadian cities currently have or are in the process of implementing accessible transit strategies, either to increase public transit usage or to provide more equitable access for those with low or fixed incomes—changes that are dependent on advocacy from community groups and an increased awareness of the negative impacts that lack of accessible transportation has for those living in poverty (Beveridge, 2016).

Ideas presented here do not reflect the COH and the Homeless Hub.