Poverty has a strong and unwelcome presence in the Milwaukee area… U.S. Census Bureau figures peg Milwaukee as the fourth poorest city in the nation. With that in mind, area residents from all walks of life will join together to understand and start working on the problem at the 4th Annual Symposium on Poverty.
The daylong Symposium is being organized by the Social Development Commission and will be held Wednesday, November 10 starting at 8:30am at the Italian Community Center. The day will begin with a presentation by staff from the UW-M’s Center for Urban Initiatives who recently conducted a Community Needs Assessment that polled both community leaders and representatives of the low-income community.
Five track sessions will also be held that delve into major themes identified in the Community Needs Assessment. They will include Job Creation, Homelessness, Lead Poisoning, Community Health, and Healthy Relationships. The Build Milwaukee Committee and UW Cooperative Extension will also present ideas for concentrated redevelopment of Milwaukee’s Central City.
The Symposium will draw on representatives from the business community, faith-based and community organizations, educational and governmental agencies, and private citizens to create well-rounded input into the discussions. Participants will include Professor June Hopkins, the granddaughter of Harry Hopkins, architect of FDR’s New Deal.
More information on the Symposium on Poverty can be found at the SDC website at www.cr-sdc.org. Media questions on the day of the event can be directed to Dale Shuster at 414-405-3233.