The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the problems of persistent and concentrated urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income communities and their residents. Based in Cleveland, the Center views the city as both a tool for building communities and producing change locally, and as a representative urban center from which nationally-relevant research and policy implications can be drawn.
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Claudia Coulton Talks Child Poverty in Youngstown Vindicator

Nov 14 2014

Coulton_Claudia_200According to recently released Census data, Youngstown, OH has the second highest rate of children living in poverty (63.3 percent) amongst all cities in the nation with a population of at least 60,000. “Compared to other developed countries in the world, that’s a very high percent of our children, our future, to have in poverty,” said Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, in “4 Ohio cities reach child poverty rates of 50 percent or more” on November 8, 2014 in The Vindicator of Youngstown.

“I think the average person doesn’t really realize how devastating the consequences of poverty are, especially when it’s experienced among young children,” said Coulton who added that the national child-poverty rate was about 22 percent in 2013.

Three other cities in northeast Ohio have child-poverty rates near or greater than 50 percent: Cleveland, Canton, and Lorain. Including Youngstown, all four cities are among the 14 worst in the United States.

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HUD Secretary Julian Castro Praises PRE4CLE

Nov 12 2014

600px-US-DeptOfHUD-Seal.svgHousing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said “Cleveland gets it” about universal prekindergarten initiatives and applauded the collaboration behind the PRE4CLE partnership during his recent visit. “America is watching Cleveland and communities like it that are taking bold steps in early childhood education,” Castro said.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a technical consultant to the Cleveland Pre-K Task Force. PRE4CLE, a partnership begun earlier this year, plans to double the number of Cleveland children in preschool.

“We know, through high-quality preschool, young folks are put on a more positive trajectory for life,” Castro said. “The research shows, if you have a dollar to spend in education, that dollar is best spent on high-quality preschool.” The Poverty Center has been researching the benefits of preschool education for over a decade. Research on the universal pre-K from the Center and Invest in Children collaborate the Secretary’s statements.

Secretary Castro’s visit was featured in a Cleveland Plain Dealer story and a Cleveland Metropolitan School District press release. The post from CMSD discussed the Poverty Center’s findings which indicate  there were 3,530 high-quality preschool spaces available in Cleveland in 2013. However only 2,857 of those spaces were filled. Cleveland had more than 13,000 children ages 3 to 5.

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Claudia Coulton New Book Launch, Live Webcast

Nov 10 2014

StrengtheningCommunities_coverStrengthening Communities with Neighborhood Data, the new book co-authored by Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change at the Mandel School, will be released on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from the Urban Institute.

As part of the release, Dr. Coulton, along with co-authors G. Thomas Kingsley and Kathryn L. S. Pettit, will be participating in a live webcast discussion also on November 12 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Registration encouraged but not required.

From the press release: Efforts to address the problems of distressed urban neighborhoods stretch back to the 1800s, but until relatively recently, data played little role in forming policy. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that all of the factors necessary for rigorous, multifaceted analysis of neighborhood conditions – automated government records, geospatial information systems, and local organizations that could leverage both – converged. Strengthening Communities documents that convergence and details its progress, plotting the ways data are improving local governance in America.

To download the free ebook or order a hard copy, visit http:/

The webcast discussion will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. on November 12. For inquiries regarding this event, please contact Ivy Hunter at

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