Children in Poverty

It’s difficult to admit that the collective actions—even those meant with the best of intentions—have not been enough. Overwhelmingly, data and research illustrates Cleveland now has the highest rate of childhood poverty in the nation, with more than half of all children living in poverty, according to Center for Community Solutions.

And with five in ten black children living in poverty as opposed to three out of ten white children, poverty disproportionately affects black families.

For Cleveland’s children, poverty means a lack of basic necessities like safe housing and food. Yet impacts of childhood poverty continue beyond the struggle to meet basic needs. In Cuyahoga County, 45 percent of families with children reported choosing between paying for food and another necessity, and 24 percent reported choosing between medical or care or another necessity.

Nationally, data from U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty tells us that children born and raised in poverty are less likely to achieve economic mobility. That holds true in Cleveland, where children that are born poor are likely to also be poor as adults. The end result is an entire generation that doesn’t meet their fullest potential. This holds our children, our community and our future at risk.