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Poverty is a trap, not a choice.

In Snohomish County, 12,000 families are trapped in poverty and more than 44,000 are struggling to get by. For a family of four, the Federal Poverty Level is $25,100 a year and while struggling families earn more than the poverty level, they still earn less than the basic cost of living in our region.

In January 2018, United Way of Snohomish County stepped into a collaborative approach called CORE: Creating Open Roads to Equity. This bold approach recognizes that solving a complex issue like poverty requires complex, collaborative solutions.

CORE combines two promising national models: Collective Impact, which is intentional, measured collaboration and a 2-Generational Approach, which focuses on the well-being of the whole family.

United Way is an active partner in five CORE Collaboratives that work intentionally to remove barriers within and between the systems related to early childhood education; postsecondary and employment pathways; economic assets; health and well-being; and social connections like friends, family, and other support groups for both the child and the adults in their lives.

Meet Cami and Tisha to learn more about this CORE collaborative approach!

CORE - Creating Open Roads to Equity