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IUPP Overview

  1. 1. Robert L. Caldwell<br />Director-Institute for Urban Public Policy<br />The National Center for Urban Solutions<br />www.ncusoultions.org<br />Research Policy Practice Change<br />
  2. 2. Institute for Urban Public Policy <br />To connect Research, Policy andPractice in ways that work to empower people mired in the cycle of generational poverty to transform their lives and their communities <br />Change<br />
  3. 3. Institute for Urban Public Policy <br />The Problem <br />The “Charity” Assumption<br />For decades well intended programs of public and private social service institutions have had a mixed impact on the poor living in urban communities <br />While some have had a positive impact, most (programs) have had a devastating negative impact, often consigning families to remain mired in the cycle of poverty for generations <br />
  4. 4. Institute for Urban Public Policy <br />The Problem <br />The “Charity” Assumption<br />Programs with positive impacts operate with an “asset”assumption that people can do for themselves, and offer support/resources while requiring personal investment and personal responsibility<br />Programs with negative impacts operate from a “charity” (or deficit) assumption that people cannot do for themselves, and offer support without requiring personal investment and personal responsibility <br />
  5. 5. Institute for Urban Public Policy <br />The Problem <br />The “Charity” Assumption<br />While there is a place for charity, (particularly when people truly cannot do for themselves), the “charity” assumption does not empower. It strips people of dignity and negatively impacts self-efficacy <br />Additionally its effect demands that an unsustainable amount of resources continue to be invested in programs/services that do not empower people to liberate themselves from the cycle of poverty <br />
  6. 6. Institute for Urban Public Policy <br />The Problem <br />The “Charity” Assumption<br />Work to alleviate poverty in urban communities must transition from social services and the “charity” assumption <br />To economic development, and the assumption that people can liberate themselves from the cycle of poverty when empowered to do so<br />
  7. 7. Institute for Urban Public Policy <br />Policy Agenda <br />To move the work to alleviate poverty in urban communities from social services to economic development <br />Poverty is not a social problem… <br />Poverty is an economic problem… <br />with social consequences<br />
  8. 8. Institute for Urban Public Policy <br />Policy Agenda <br />To move the work to alleviate poverty in urban communities from social services to economic development <br />Through economic development we can provide low/no income families real opportunities for economic self-sufficiency<br />This is not charity, this is a strategic investment in people that is both the solution to the problem of poverty in urban America, and a way to grow a productive local (and national) economy. <br />
  9. 9. Institute for Urban Public Policy <br />Robert Caldwell Director/Senior Fellow <br />IUPP is an affiliate of <br />The National Center for Urban Solutions<br />899 E. Broad Street - Suite 450<br />Columbus, Ohio 43205<br />(614) 857-1811<br />RCaldwell@NCUSolutions.org<br />www.NCUSolutions.org<br />

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