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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Changing Faces of Cleveland and Cuyahoga

Jun 25 2015

25-34_migration_CuyahogaIn 2012 and 2013, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development released two Briefly Stated reports on the changing demographics of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio: Not Dead Yet: The Infill of Cleveland’s Urban Core and Mapping Human Capital: Where Northeast Ohio’s Young and Middle-Age Adults Are Locating. This research – which showed, despite an overall loss of population in the region, the urban core has seen growth especially within certain demographics – has been continued by the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University whose new report was featured in The Plain Dealer article “Mapping brain gain and loss: New study charts changing faces of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County” on June 20, 2015.

The report, “Mapping Adult Migration in Cleveland, Ohio,” was sponsored by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a partner of the Poverty Center, and authored by Richey Piiparinen, Jim Russell, and Eamon Johnson. Piiparinen is a former Poverty Center researcher who authored the above Briefly Stated reports and Johnson is a current doctoral student assistant and programmer at the Center. The new report also references Mapping Human Capital.

The Center for Population Dynamics report was also featured by The Atlantic‘s CityLab.

The above map is from the Poverty Center’s Mapping Human Capital showing the in-migration and out-migration for 25 to 34 year olds in Cuyahoga County based on data from the 2000 and 2010 Censuses.



HUD Panel: Investing in People and Places for Upward Mobility

Jun 17 2015

hudimgOn June 25th from 2pm-4pm HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research will host a dialogue exploring strategies for investing in people and in places to support upward mobility, a key challenge in mixed-income communities.  A panel of leading researchers and practitioners will discuss research, practice and policy approaches that are making an impact in the lives of residents in these communities.

Panelists include:

  • Katherine O’ Regan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Moderator
  • Mark Joseph, Associate Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, Case Western Reserve University
  • Jens Ludwig, McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Carol Naughton, Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities
  • Robin Snyderman, Principal, BRicK Partners LLC

The dialogue is guided by a body of research that “underscores the importance of place in helping promote inter-generational mobility. This is especially true for low-income families. The evidence also suggests that place matters differently based on your age. Young children, for example, achieve better long-term economic outcomes the longer they live in low-poverty neighborhoods.” Panelists will discuss these questions pertinent to HUD’s role in upward mobility:

  • What are the most effective ways to improve the outcomes for low-income families—through both of the levers HUD embraces, supporting mobility to lower poverty neighborhoods and supporting in-place neighborhood transformation?
  • What are the lessons learned from Moving to Opportunity, HOPE VI, Choice Neighborhoods and other initiatives that should shape our future work, and what are the obstacles?

Participation is welcome, follow @MixedIncome, @HUDUSERnews and @PDRevents. Event updates will be tagged  with #PDRUpdate. A recording of the presentation will be available here after June 25th.

PRE4CLE Task Force Asks Ohio Senate for $6 Million More for Preschool

Jun 12 2015

PRE4CLEThe PRE4CLE task force in Cleveland has asked the Ohio State Senate Finance Committee to add $6 million to the budget over the next two years to turn half-day preschool into full-day programs as discussed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article “Cleveland asks state for $6 million more for preschool” on June 11, 2015.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is part of the task force. Research from the Center in 2014 indicated that only about 1,200 children in Cleveland are enrolled in quality preschool education. The goal of  PRE4CLE is for at least 70 percent of the city’s approximately ten thousand children who are three and four years old to be able to obtain a quality pre-kindergarten education which research has shown improves school readiness scores.

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