Child Poverty Collaborative discusses findings, research at event

(Megan Moore/WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - For the past several months, the Child Poverty Collaborative has been working to find solutions to poverty in Cincinnati, especially for children.

Saturday morning, the organization presented and discussed their findings to hundreds of people at an event at the Duke Energy Center.

This is the second community summit they've had. The event, which was free and open to the public, started at 8:30 a.m.

Over the course of 2016, dozens of conversations have been had with people across the city to learn more about why poverty is such a problem in Cincinnati.

More than 33,000 children, nearly half of all children in the city, live with families with income below the federal poverty line. Nearly 55,000 kids in Hamilton County are living in poverty.

Those with the Child Poverty Collaborative understand this issue is complex and there are a lot of challenges that families face in our area. Lynn Marmer, the executive director of the organization, says some solutions include the need for better transportation, child care for those working and some other things they have heard from people in the community. They've learned a lot and she also talked about the next step.

"I think what's next will be, of course, some recommendations which the Child Poverty Collaborative will be responsible for," Marmer said. "But, also, we need more of the community involved. We need people to sign up, step up and say, 'Hey, I'm willing to go tutor; I'm willing to help with transportation, or I'm going to serve on my church'...Everybody can get involved,and that's what's so great about this."

The goal for the collaborative is to move 5,000 families and 10,000 children out of poverty in five years.

Click here to learn more about Local 12's investigation into childhood poverty in the Tri-State.

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