All levels of government and the community need to step up to help eliminate poverty, local agencies that have been addressing the issue at the front lines say.

The Poverty Roundtable released a report on Tuesday ahead of this week’s Bay of Quinte all-candidates debate on poverty issues titled Moving Forward: Recommendations for Community Action.

The report suggests strong steps forward with a call to action on government officials, organizations and individuals.

“People are living in crisis,” said Christine Durant, director of the Hastings and Prince Edward Poverty Roundtable. “It’s about survival. It’s about getting by. We have two communities. One with people who are living comfortable and others who are not.”