How Messages about Community Revitalization and Poverty-Alleviation Backfire and What You Can Do About It

Location: Salon D-E
Date: Wed, May 31
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Poor housing and neighborhood conditions have damaging effects on a wide range of outcomes for families, including health, children’s performance in school, employment and lifetime earnings. Yet, there has been no strong public outcry about the downward spiral of so many families struggling to make ends meet. To the contrary, there is a growing antipathy toward families in poverty or earning low wages and the communities in which they live. In this new political environment, our messaging often backfires. 


This interactive session will provide new insights from the social sciences as well as from community developers increasingly tackling the challenges of community opposition. In this session, participants will learn how to make a stronger case for policies, programs and investments that address issues of poverty, low-wages and community revitalization.

Capacity Building: Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase