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Below you will find various resources to help you learn about poverty in our community

Systemic Inequality:How America's Structural Racism Helped Create the Black-White Wealth Gap

Unfortunately, wealth in this country is unequally distributed by race—and particularly between white and black households. African American families have a fraction of the wealth of white families, leaving them more economically insecure and with far fewer opportunities for economic mobility. As this report documents, even after considering positive factors such as increased education levels, African Americans have less wealth than whites. Less wealth translates into fewer opportunities for upward mobility and is compounded by lower income levels and fewer chances to build wealth or pass accumulated wealth down to future generations.

Housing Presentation

Kathy Schwab from LISC and Liz Blume are two experts about housing in our community. Here is a very informative presentation they gave recently to the Steering Committee. Lots of opportunity.

The Child Poverty Collaborative's October 2016 Summit Report

This report compiles the information from the October 29, 2016 Community Summit and begins to map out the work that lies ahead.

A comparison of poverty in Hamilton County (Children under 5) 2000 to 2012

These maps show the increase from 2000 to 2012 of poverty in Cincinnati neighborhoods. Click above to download the maps and explore the change in specific neighborhoods.

The Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio: The State of Black Cincinnati

More than 50 years since the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, too many African-Americans - nationally and in Cincinnati - continue to struggle, lagging far behind whites economically and socially.

Cincinnati Youth Commission: Youth Gap Analysis report

Surveys of young people and their parents in Cincinnati show that young people are very hopeful about their futures. They see themselves as successfully completing high school and going on to be successful adults, and so do their parents. This held true throughout the city; in poor neighborhoods and well-off neighborhoods, for youth in two parent households, and for youth living with their moms or grandparents...

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency: Community assessment summary

Cincinnati is often heralded as a great place to raise children. However, this is not true in Cincinnati neighborhoods where poverty is intensifying. Nor is it true in the suburbs where poverty is growing and spreading, confounding communities that have not dealt with it before. There are now more people living in poverty in Cincinnati and Hamilton County than ever before. More than half of all children in Cincinnati under five years old are poor. Among black children, the figure rises to almost 70%.

University of Cincinnati / United Way of Greater Cincinnati Community Research Collaborative Poverty data, 2014

66% of children in a single female-headed household are in poverty in the City. Poverty rate for African Americans (41%) is double than that of Whites (20%) in the City. 40% of individuals in poverty worked at least part-time in the City.

Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A consensus plan for reducing poverty and restoring the American dream, a national report

As America recovers slowly from the Great Recession, many of our fellow citizens remain mired in poverty. Economic trends, cultural changes, and changes in family and marriage patterns are combining in new ways that make it harder for those born on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder to life themselves up. Poverty is changing, and policy responses must change too...