What is the Government’s Role
in Fighting Poverty?
Past Event | May 3, 2017
What is the Government’s Role in Fighting Poverty?

America’s poor are increasingly shifting from the cities to the suburbs, the most recent Census data show – and that’s causing problems with the way the government delivers assistance to them. The prolonged economic recession forced millions of Americans into poverty, with nearly 15 percent of the population – or roughly 46.7 million people – living below the poverty line in 2014. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that figure is up from about 11 percent in 200. These Americans tend to live in areas with a few common features, like economic dependence on the agriculture industry and an abundance of low-skilled labor. But whose responsibilities is it to help? And how much help should be offered? Nelson Mandela once said, “A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones,” however, at what cost?


Maria Hernandez | VP Program Operations
United Way of Broward County
Sue Gallagher | Chief Innovation Officer
Children's Services Council of Broward County
Mark Wilson | President & CEO
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Jeremie Greer | VP of Policy & Research