Poverty Thought Force posts surveys on poverty-fighting ideas

Poverty Thought Force posts surveys on poverty-fighting ideas
May 19
05:00 2016


The Winston-Salem Poverty Thought Force is soliciting community feedback on the ideas generated through a series of “world café” community conversations on how to reduce the poverty rate.

Five surveys have been posted online at, each focused on a different aspect of poverty: education and life skills, health and wellness, jobs and workforce development, housing and homelessness, and hunger and food insecurity.

The Poverty Thought Force is encouraging everyone to complete the surveys, including those who were not able to attend any of the world cafés. Organizers would like to have the surveys completed by May 27.

In 2014, more than 24 percent of the population in Winston-Salem lived in poverty based on household income, giving Winston-Salem the highest poverty rate among North Carolina’s five largest cities.

Mayor Allen Joines initiated the Poverty Thought Force to find ways to reduce the poverty rate. The panel is chaired by Rogan Kersh, the provost of Wake Forest University, and has 22 members representing a broad range of civic and academic leaders.

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