As Cuyahoga County’s state-designated anti-poverty agency, Step Forward is trusted to lead the fight against poverty in our community. For over 50 years, Step Forward has been addressing the challenges and barriers of poverty in Cuyahoga County.
According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Cleveland is the poorest big city in the country, with more than 114,000 people living in poverty in 2019. These numbers don’t include the effects of the pandemic that increased the need for services provided by local organizations like Step Forward.
Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30, to hear Step Forward’s very own President and CEO, Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm, and other community leaders during a virtual town hall, “Fighting Poverty in a Pandemic”, hosted by Ideastream Public Media's WCPN show.
The virtual town hall will feature panel discussions about the current state of poverty here in Cuyahoga County, how nonprofits and organizations like Step Forward are working to support those in need and how they have been working to address the barriers of poverty. Panelists will also discuss the gaps in the system and how lack of access to basic needs, education and employment make it difficult for people to climb above the poverty threshold.
“Fighting Poverty in a Pandemic” will be streamed live on WCPN’s Facebook beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how local organizations are supporting those in need and how they plan to address gaps in the system moving forward.