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Door-to-door poverty study shows little change in Milwaukee since 2009

A door-to door survey conducted for SDC by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) shows little change in the incidence and prevalence of poverty in Milwaukee’s central city.

425 households were surveyed in the City of Milwaukee’s 18 Neighborhood Strategic Planning areas by UWM-CUIR with help from staff from Safe and Sound-Community Partners during the spring of 2013 and the results were compared to a similar survey conducted in 2009. Major findings include:

  • Poverty remains a serious problem in Milwaukee County
  • Quality of life is largely unchanged over the past three years
  • Many service needs and gaps exist in Milwaukee County
  • Lack of employment and education are major barriers keeping residents living in poverty
  • Creating more or better employment and education opportunities are highly recommended by residents as strategies to reduce poverty

The UWM-CUIR and SDC survey is an integral part of an agency assessment that will be used to analyze the effectiveness of current SDC programs and also influence the development of future poverty-reduction initiatives. Many of SDC’s clients live within the neighborhoods surveyed for the study.

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