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Agencies Helping Individuals And Families Escape Poverty

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There are many programs in the Greater Cincinnati area that are working to mitigate the problem of child poverty.

Cincinnati ranks among the worst in the nation for child poverty. However, there are many programs in the Greater Cincinnati area that are working to help individuals and families escape poverty. They provide assistance in areas such as family support services, education, employment, health and income.

Here to talk about these programs and the work they do are Brighton Center Senior Director of Family Economic Success, Melissa Hall Sommer; Santa Maria Community Services Income Impact Director, Chellie McLellan; and WCPO.com/WCPO Insider reporter Lucy May, who has written extensively on poverty in the WCPO Digital “Below the Line: Examining Childhood Poverty” series.

The Child Poverty Collaborative will hold a Community Summit, "Taking on Poverty. Together. Improving Children’s Lives," on Saturday, June 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p/m. at the Xavier University Cintas Center. For more information and registration, click here.

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky children and their families can obtain free health screenings, including dental and vision screenings, at the fifth annual HopeFest Health and Education Festival on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. The health screening and education festival is organized by Consider the Poor and New Life Covenant Cincinnati. For more information call  (513) 212-1131 or click here.