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:
- Increase access to affordable healthcare
- Enact public policy changes
- Improve the quality of education
- Raise wages
- Protect children from abuse
- Expose racism
- Expand the availability of affordable housing
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.