Over the past several years, we have talked a lot about poverty in Cincinnati, with new studies highlighting the deep disparities in our city. In Lower Price Hill, we were not surprised by the findings: poverty governs our daily lives. It has been part of the fabric of our entire community for many generations.
We have experienced many responses to poverty that unfortunately have not made community wide change. Past anti-poverty programs would zero in on one “solution,” but would shift focus or disappear within a few years. Our community was left to ask– what went wrong? Our answer is that the “solutions” were always focused on what we lacked as a community and as individuals.
We have come together as a community to think outside the box and challenge these past assumptions. Our vision is simple: end poverty in our community by investing directly in the strengths of our neighbors. We have uncovered something powerful by focusing on the ideas, skills, and passions within our neighbors. In just one program, we have discovered 10 new community leaders, hired two resident staff members, and connected 75% more people with their employment goals.
Ending poverty is an enormous task, but it must be our focus as a community. It will be challenging, and it will take time, but we have made more progress in the past two years by investing directly in our neighbors than ever before in our community.
We need investment that meets us at our doorstep. We need your partnership.
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