When Affordable Housing Isn't Affordable - The Tipping Point to Homelessness

According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs[i], for a person to reach their full potential, their most fundamental needs must first be met. It is at these highest levels, when we are not worrying about our basic needs of food, water, sleep, clothing, and shelter, that we are free to focus on activities that increase our personal enrichment and wealth. However, for many people the most basic need of affordable shelter remains out of reach, as shortages in affordable housing exist in every state in our country[ii].

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Karen Wawrzaszek
Avoiding Community Displacement Through Workforce Development - An Opportunity Zone Perspective

Supportive policies that aid our work in system change are critical to alleviating poverty in Washington, D.C.  Private capital alone cannot make progress without a policy framework that is advancing the good will attempted.  The integration of private capital and legislation for housing, community, and workforce development has a long history in our country.   There is a certain homogeneity about affordable housing making it easier to test policies to stabilize it for the underserved as well as organize private investment.  However, workforce development is a trickier proposition but a critical component to improving generational poverty in many of our communities.  

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Karen Wawrzaszek
When Food Insecurity and Food Proximity Become Barriers to Economic Success

It is a widely held view that the best schools are in the best neighborhoods, pricing out many from a better education experience.  We are learning that this is also the case with nutritious food.  In a country that occupies the top spot of Developed Countries, the lack of proximity to food can leave some communities feeling like they are a part of a different Country all together.  

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Abigail Skeans
Recap: June Member Meeting

Thank you for joining Pomona Society as we kicked off our 2018 Policy Spotlight Series with a panel discussion on the effect of trauma on early childhood development. The challenges that children face during childhood is an area of unique passion for us as we both faced obstacles during the early years of our lives.

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Abigail Skeans