Poverty in the District of Columbia Then and Now

Research Report

Poverty in the District of Columbia Then and Now

Abstract

The report has four main sections. The first part highlights the significant demographic changes that have taken place since the enactment of the Economic Opportunity Act in 1964. Using data from the decennial census and other sources, the report identifies pockets of poverty in the city and notes how these areas have both shifted geographically and become more entrenched over time. The second section of the report provides a snapshot of the nonprofit organizations that make D.C. their home and provide services to the community. It maps the distribution of nonprofit organizations against areas of poverty and provides important comparisons of nonprofit resources for four service areasprograms for children, youth, and families; community development; community empowerment; and work force development. The third section of the report highlights the work of five UPO delegate agencies that serve the District's low-income and at-risk residents. The final section suggests lessons that help frame a strategic planning process.

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