The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.
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Nation’s First County-Level Pay for Success Program Launches in Cuyahoga County

Dec 4 2014

Cuyahoga County Seal 2014 revToday Drs. David Crampton and Francisca Richter from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School joined partner organizations in Chicago to launch the nation’s first county-level Pay for Success (PFS) program.  The launch was featured at a conference hosted by the White House’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Cuyahoga County’s Partnering for Family Success Program – the first PFS project in the combined areas of homelessness and child welfare – aims to reconnect foster children in the county with caregivers in stable, affordable housing.   This innovative program will deliver intensive 12-15 month treatment to 135 families over five years to reduce the length of stay in out-of-home foster care placement for children whose families are homeless.  The Poverty Center is the independent evaluator to measure the success and outcomes of PFS and carried out the preliminary analyses to identify the initiative’s target population.

For more information, read the official press release and program fact sheet.

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Claudia Coulton Talks Child Poverty in Youngstown Vindicator

Nov 14 2014

According to recently released Census data, Youngstown, OH has the second highest rate of children living in poverty (63.3 percent) amongst all cities in the nation with a population of at least 60,000. “Compared to other developed countries in the world, that’s a very high percent of our children, our future, to have in poverty,” said Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, in “4 Ohio cities reach child poverty rates of 50 percent or more” on November 8, 2014 in The Vindicator of Youngstown.

“I think the average person doesn’t really realize how devastating the consequences of poverty are, especially when it’s experienced among young children,” said Coulton who added that the national child-poverty rate was about 22 percent in 2013.

Three other cities in northeast Ohio have child-poverty rates near or greater than 50 percent: Cleveland, Canton, and Lorain. Including Youngstown, all four cities are among the 14 worst in the United States.

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HUD Secretary Julian Castro Praises PRE4CLE

Nov 12 2014

600px-US-DeptOfHUD-Seal.svgHousing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said “Cleveland gets it” about universal prekindergarten initiatives and applauded the collaboration behind the PRE4CLE partnership during his recent visit. “America is watching Cleveland and communities like it that are taking bold steps in early childhood education,” Castro said.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a technical consultant to the Cleveland Pre-K Task Force. PRE4CLE, a partnership begun earlier this year, plans to double the number of Cleveland children in preschool.

“We know, through high-quality preschool, young folks are put on a more positive trajectory for life,” Castro said. “The research shows, if you have a dollar to spend in education, that dollar is best spent on high-quality preschool.” The Poverty Center has been researching the benefits of preschool education for over a decade. Research on the universal pre-K from the Center and Invest in Children collaborate the Secretary’s statements.

Secretary Castro’s visit was featured in a Cleveland Plain Dealer story and a Cleveland Metropolitan School District press release. The post from CMSD discussed the Poverty Center’s findings which indicate  there were 3,530 high-quality preschool spaces available in Cleveland in 2013. However only 2,857 of those spaces were filled. Cleveland had more than 13,000 children ages 3 to 5.

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