The Human Services Chamber held its Fall Membership Meeting on October 10, 2018 at Ohio Valley Goodwill Services in Woodlawn. The event featured a panel discussion on the problems that are unique to economically challenged suburban residents and potential solutions to this growing problem. Our moderator and panelists for the event included: Liz Blume, director of the Community Building Institute at Xavier University (moderator); Elaine Hipps, Executive Director of Operation Giveback; Jeniece Jones, Executive Director of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME); Mardia Shands, Executive Director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce; and Moira Weir, Director of Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services. The morning’s discussion among HSC members and guests brought a variety of perspectives on poverty in our suburban communities. Some of the solutions that were offered include: (1) invest in a more robust regional bus system; (2) incentivize affordable housing in the public sector AND private market; (3) provide place-based supportive services from organizations who know their communities and their residents; (4) pay a living wage ($15/ hour); and (5) offer more affordable, high quality childcare and preschool options.
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