Social service workers say more money, focus on family can help solve Cincinnati's poverty

social service workers are reacting to our interview with Mayor Cranley on his childhood poverty goals four years ago you might remember the mayor pledged to lift 10,000 children out of poverty in five years but now he says the city needed for years to lay the groundwork before the count could begin local trails Walter Smith Randolph continues our ongoing investigation childhood poverty Cincinnati's crisis social worker Michelle Dillingham makes no bones about it cincinnati is not doing a good job on poverty the former City Council candidate says Mayor John Cranley answers in our accountability interview earlier this month were unacceptable so when you said back in 2015 you wanted 10,000 people out of poverty five years you didn't mean starting the clock then you meant you had to get everything up running and then start the class I mean it didn't go as fast as I would have liked in terms of starting but well but I wasn't in charge in the sense that I was part of a number of people here we are four years later and the answer is well we had to study it and really it's out of our hands and really it wasn't my fault you know it was just a group of us that's just really disappointing Dillingham says for the mayor to reach his goal he must earmark more City tax dollars to battle poverty just last week mayor Cranley unveiled his new budget touting a seven million dollar increase of fight poverty since he took office in 2013 Dillingham says Cincinnati ins deserved more those of us who worked in the who work in the nonprofit sector are extremely concerned and the fact that we now have a statement that says well we're just now getting started it is really really insulting at the green light fund Tara Noland takes a softer stance to do lasting systemic change sometimes takes a while and so to me it's not a failure if these efforts that we're doing are taking longer than expected it would be a failure if we stop trying Nolan says the city needs to keep the focus on families to help lift people out of poverty and so the more that we are putting families at the center the more that we're making families the experts the better off our community is going to be and hopefully finally see some progress in moving the needle Dillingham says mayor Cranley should also lean on the nonprofit sector to help move the we are looking for some leadership to truly move the mark on poverty and the nonprofit sector is here ready and willing to lean in and help that this year mayor currently added $800,000 to project lift which is a program designed to help families with emergency needs many in the anti-poverty community have applauded this program because the money goes directly to families both Dillingham and Nolan say that's what Cincinnati needs more of Walter Smith Randolph local 12 News

2 thoughts on “Social service workers say more money, focus on family can help solve Cincinnati's poverty”

  1. Look that's the way they do it so they made the elect. They always make promises that they never intend to keep. One thing for sure their pockets become Fuller their life becomes richer. While the middle class and the poor are left out.

  2. The Mayor lied and you continue to ask people that don't have any real life experience in poverty to have answers. I watch these non profits come into my neighborhoods and give out hotdogs and bookbag, that does nothing. Ask the people what would help.

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