Poverty in our area is actually pretty widespread, and it’s not as simple to solve as just throwing money at the problem. It’s a lot more complicated than that...
There’s a difference between losing a job or being struck with a medical situation that causes a temporary poverty.
The larger issue is generations of poor families, stuck in the cycle. Why is it so hard to get above the poverty line?
Habitat for Humanity Director Dan Rosensweig says the focus should be on empowering.
"The challenge with generational poverty as opposed to situational poverty is that some of the hidden rules of middle class get kind of lost in the community and it gets harder and harder to bridge the gap."
For some people, its hard to walk through Charlottesville and see that kind of poverty exists here.
So what are we doing right so far to address the issue?
MACAA Director Barbara Miller says the fact that there is a lot of collaboration around the issue helps.
Habitat for Humanity hosted the forum with over 300 people focused on creating bridges out of poverty.
As the Rosensweig told the group today, "the ingredients are here to really make a difference, we just all have to work together to make it happen."