United Way of Greater Cleveland - 2020 Community Needs Assessment

The Community Needs Assessment is a three-year examination of the inequities that plague our city. But it’s not just a compilation of information from national, statewide, and local researchers, it’s the story of the limited options, hard decisions, and uncertain futures facing the children, working-age adults, and senior citizens who need our help, and the over-arching crisis that affects every person and every situation is poverty.

Attacking poverty at its roots will accomplish these goals:

Our Community's Tipping Point

Chronic poverty has led us to a sobering tipping point. Cleveland’s poverty rate is the worst for children, the second worst for working-age adults, and the third worst among senior citizens.
This isn’t just unacceptable. It’s unsustainable.