According to U.S. Census data and the Ohio Development Agency’s Ohio Poverty Report, in 2018, nearly 30 percent of Cincinnatians live in poverty. In Northern Kentucky counties, the poverty rate ranges from 9 to 20 percent.
Dozens of local agencies and organizations offer assistance and programs designed to lift people out of poverty, but what has caused the continuing high poverty rate in our region?
Joining "Cincinnati Edition" to discuss the history of poverty in Greater Cincinnati are Cincinnatus Association President and Senior Specialist of Development Communications with Cincinnati Children's, Melissa Currence; Howard University Department of History Chair Dr. Nikki Taylor; and Northern Kentucky University Professor of History and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, Dr. Paul Tenkotte.
The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University and the Cincinnatus Association will present the next NKY Forum, "Poverty In Our Region: History 101," with Dr. Paul Tenkotte at 7 p.m. Tuesday June 12 at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House in Covington, Kentucky. Admission is free but reservations are requested.
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a collaboration of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and Legacy, a young leaders group. The Forum's purpose is to foster civil, civic dialogue on topics of community interest.
Tune in to "Cincinnati Edition" June 11 starting at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.