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    Bridges to Progress

    Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the City’s poverty rate is 24%. So, what does that mean? It means in 2017 that a one-person household with income less than $12,060 is living in poverty.

    The City of Lynchburg has been a Bridges Out of Poverty© community since 2013, when the Bridges of Central Virginia (BOCV) group was formed. While the efforts of BOCV were advancing, candidates for City Council seats acknowledged the poverty issue. In 2016, City Council further addressed the problem of poverty through a commissioned study and appropriation of funding.  At City Council’s retreat in November of 2017, reducing poverty was identified as a focus area. As a result, they endorsed a model and created a goal for the City to help facilitate moving households out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.  At the State of the City Address in 2017, From Poverty to Progress (P2P) was born.  In 2018 BOCV and P2P have merged to form Bridges to Progress.

    One of the major goals of the Bridges to Progress initiative is to assist families in the journey out of poverty. This is a massive community undertaking that cannot be achieved by government alone.

    We hope you will consider joining the movement to lower Lynchburg's poverty rate and increase the median household income of our citizens.  It will take an army of caring individuals to help our neighbors navigate Bridges to Progress. 

    Participate in the Thiving Communities 3-session Meetings and learn how poverty effects us.  The Steering Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m., 5th Floor of the Human Services Building, 99 Ninth Street. 
    DATE CHANGE for MARCH: The Steering Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 19.