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NeighborWorks works to create innovative pathways out of poverty
Green circle with white text that reads: 40.6 million people lived below the poverty line in 2016
There is no "one face" of poverty in America. It takes many forms. The picture of poverty can look like someone working for minimum wage and holding down multiple jobs; a single parent living paycheck to paycheck who recently was laid off; seniors living on a fixed income; or a disabled veteran cared for by an aging parent.

Although down 2.5 million from 2015, 40.6 million people still lived below the poverty line in 2016, defined as annual income of about $24,500 for a family of four, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
January is Poverty Awareness Month. To mark the occasion, this issue of NeighborWorks Works highlights the community programs and unique events that NeighborWorks America and its network members provide all year to help create pathways out of poverty.
Community experts brainstorm financial inclusion
A man stands to the right of a podium with a sign that reads: Symposium luncheon Pathways Out of Poverty
Speakers at our symposium in Philadelphia titled " Pathways Out of Poverty: Creating Opportunities for Financial Inclusion and Economic Empowerment" discussed examples and ideas from their organizations and communities—including NeighborWorks members Brownsville CDC, Coastal Enterprises Inc., Portland Housing Center and Wealth Watchers Inc.—that are used to help low-income families sustainably improve their financial well-being.
Partnerships improve community's quality of life and financial security
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The Neighborhood Developers, a NeighborWorks network member serving Chelsea and Revere, Massachusetts, promotes social change and economic opportunity by partnering with government, businesses, nonprofits and residents.
Among the ways the organization fights poverty are programs such as Chelsea Thrives, which started in 2014 to help reduce crime, and CONNECT, which includes nonprofits, a credit union, community college and career center working in tandem to improve the financial stability of low-income families.
White paper offers blueprint for ending rural poverty
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Persistent poverty is a generational problem in rural America. Geographic isolation, lack of resources and economic opportunities, and disinvestment have led to high poverty rates for decades.

In our recent white paper, experts from our network explore the challenges, opportunities, strategies and successes in the fight to end rural poverty.
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