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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WCPN Discussion on Foster Youth Features Dr. Robert Fischer and Alumna

Jul 15 2015

wcpn_rgb_mediumFoster care youth who age out of the system are five times more likely to become homeless, Mandel School research reveals.

That was the topic of a vital 90.3 WCPN “Sound of Ideas” radio show on July 9 featuring alumna Angela D’Orazio, MSSA 2011, Program Officer at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland; field supervisor Kate Lodge, Program Director of A Place 4 Me initiative; Tasha Jones, a former foster child and a youth contributor to A Place 4 Me; Gary Stanger of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative; and Dr. Robert Fischer, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Poverty Center, who is conducting a survey of Cleveland’s homeless youth and contributed insights from his research to the NPR radio show.

Listen: A Plan for Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care >>

PRE4CLE Aims to Close Preschool Gap: Fresh Water Cleveland

Jul 2 2015

PRE4CLEOne of the top stories in the most recent edition from Fresh Water Cleveland focuses on how “PRE4CLE aims to close preschool gap” in Cleveland. The program is important as shown by analysis done by the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development indicating only 2, 857 (or about 17.5 percent) of three- to five-year olds in the city were enrolled in high-quality preschool education in 2014.

PRE4CLE began in early 2014 with a goal to have and additional 2,000 four-year-olds enrolled in quality prekindergarten programs by 2016. As of May of this year, the initiative is more than half way to that goal with an additional 1,150 children enrolled.

As part of the PreK Task Force, the Poverty Center has conducted a needs assessment analysis on which neighborhoods and areas are in the most need of high-quality preschool.  Later this summer, the initiative will release a more comprehensive report that will include neighborhood-based data.

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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.