Here is a closer look at how we are proposing to address the concern. Ultimately, our goal is to bring the community together to take action to fight poverty. This will take several steps including: Exploring the causes of povertyTalking about possible solutionsSelecting strategies that fit our community, and Working together for changeWhen we have finished the process, we will have a Community Action Plan that we have developed together that fits our community’s vision and needs.
Turning the Tide on Poverty Community Circles helps with all of these barriers by welcoming everyone, providing a clear process, helping people understand how an issue related to them personally, and creating a community-wide partnership that joins citizens and leaders together to address community issues.
The five states selected in Year One were: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and OklahomaIn Year Two, seven new states join the initiative: Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
Place Based Poverty Intersections and Approaches - Scott Tate
INTERSECTIONS & APPROACHES
Dr. Scott Tate
Extension Specialist, VCE
Research Associate, Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance
Some contributing factors
Promising approaches that
attempt to address all 3
•Turning the Tide on Poverty/(& Circles)
•Neighborhood Identity Projects
Crystal Tyler Mackey, Ph.D., Team Leader
Purpose of the 11-State Project
• Explore the causes of poverty.
• Talk about possible solutions.
• Select strategies that fit the
• Work together for change.
Citizens develop & implement a
Community-Based Action Plan.
How This Project Helps
• Fosters broad community involvement
– Everyone is welcome!
• Provides a clear process to help people
get involved in meaningful ways.
• Increases personal ownership to the
community and to the issue.
• Creates a community partnership in
which leadership and citizens join hands
in addressing community issues.
Early Outcomes in Virginia
Mobile Food Pantry Starts Coming to Town
Community Garden Started
Youth Council Started
Organizations Recognized for New Efforts to Address
Poverty – including recognition from Sen. Warner
Weeklong Effort Entitled ―Reach Up‖ held with focus on
health issues, leadership development, and youth obesity
Many additional partnerships were formed
• National program that
brings together low-
income people and
who want to work
Common Elements from the Approaches?
• Neighborhood Scale
• Individuals as Change
• Intensity of Focus
• Build social ties
• Reduce divides
• Link to Resources
• Address more than one
Opportunities & Contact
• New River Valley Dialogue on Poverty:
• Saturday, October 19, 9-12 am.
• Neighborhood Development in Roanoke.
• Contact Office of Neighborhood Services:
• Feedback, Follow-Up to Me & Connecting with Extension
• Scott Tate, email@example.com 540.315.2062