“[Poverty] is the dream killer, the capability destroyer, the great waster of human potential. It is a misery and a national disgrace." - Matthew Desmond, Poverty, By America (2023)
What is poverty? Who experiences it and why? How does poverty impact the lives of people in our community? How do traditional attitudes about poverty and the poor affect our current understanding of the issue? Are poverty and homelessness related?
As part of National Poverty Awareness Month, we're hosting a live stream conversation on Tuesday, January 24th, with Shawn Cardwell, Executive Director of the Forest Grove Foundation; Todd Ferry, Senior Research Associate and Faculty Fellow at Portland State University's Center for Public Interest Design; and Dr. Laura Cardwell, professor of economics at Portland Community College and small business owner, who'll provide an overview of poverty and the various factors that contribute to it.