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    Poverty 101 - P2P

    NOTES from May 4, 2017

    Question 1a: When you hear the phrase “Poverty to Progress,” what comes to mind? 

    • Mind set to think beyond poverty
    • Hand-up not hand-out – education opportunities
    • More jobs and companies coming in and type of job available
    • People in poverty need security, no bureaucratic red-tape
    • De-stigmatizing
    • Life skills development
    • Logistic rearrangement
    • Getting respect they deserve
    • Create awareness of obstacle experienced by those living in poverty

    Question 1b: What are the tools you think people need to move out of and stay out of poverty here in the city?

    • Reaching out to other commentators for successful models

    Question 2: What are some of the challenges related to this barrier that you think make it difficult for people to become economically secure?

    • Transportation
    • Location of services (spread out across community)
    • Community awareness of those struggling
    • Continuation of benefits – currently cut when job situation improves
    • Financial priorities/food vs paying electric bill
    • Transition bridge and support services
    • Taking 45 days to qualify for food stamps
    • Access to general information
    • Homelessness - in cold weather get shelter and not allowed if warmer
    • Child care assistance reduced which stifles progress

    Question 3: We know that just throwing money at a problem rarely solves it. What concrete, actionable steps (as it relates to this barrier) would you like to see taken to create pathways out of poverty in the city?

    • Stop legally forced adoption – CPS workers get a commission on each child removed
    • Establish a database of services available/Resource Website (211 VA?)
    • Counselor assigned to each family
    • Community liaisons – face to face on their turf
    • Establish (or re-establish) a non-profit that completes individual assessment to provide customized resources
    • Liaisons to work with churches and organizations to match families
    • Tracking scorecard to show progress
    • Tutoring and mentoring services
    • Awareness of mental illness
    • Encourage businesses to pay a living wage
    • Health and Social Services Fair
    • Communicate to the well -off and high income about the situation
    • Integrate Bridges out of Poverty
    • Awareness campaign
    • Stronger transitional benefits so that a job doesn’t bump people out right away

    Question 4: What does success look like here? Should it be based on changing overall rates of poverty? Creating new opportunities rather than focusing on concrete numbers? Etc.

    • Reduced educational achievement gap
    • Safety and family security
    • Ability to pay bills – self sufficiency
    • Self-dignity/Self respect
    • Breaking cycle of generational poverty
    • Agencies more educated about poverty
    • Overall holistic community – less caste system
    • Assistance for immigrants
    • Being sensitive to those who fit poverty norm
    • Self-manageable and sustainable resources
    • Reduction in teen pregnancy
    • Continuity – no “back sliding”
    • Keeping young people in Lynchburg vs them leaving the area