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Making Ends Meet Report

The Making Ends Meet report represents an attempt by United Way to better understand both the populations disproportionately impacted by poverty and the critical services helping to keep them afloat. Making Ends Meet is neither a comprehensive overview of poverty in Snohomish County nor a definitive statement on United Way’s funding or impact priorities. Instead, we offer this report as a part of the growing conversation about hardship in our community, and we look forward to learning more about the challenges in and solutions to breaking the  cycle of poverty in Snohomish County. Download the report.
 

 


Poverty Simulation: What would it be like to live in poverty for one month?

There is no one cause, and no one face, of poverty and homelessness.

If you missed out on attending the poverty simulation in April, read more about the event:

 


A Quick Look at Poverty in Snohomish County

One in 10 county residents live in poverty.

Children born into poverty typically have children of their own growing up in poverty.

Children born into poor households are three times more likely to drop out of high school.

Families headed by a single female parent are the most likely to experience poverty.

At a minimum wage of $11, one would have to work 70 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

ALICE  is a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed—those who work hard and earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation and health care. Read more about ALICEs.


Poverty Research Briefs

City Briefs


November 18, 2015 Summit Materials

United Way of Snohomish County: Pillars of Collective ImpactThe Road Map Project PowerPoint

Download the Road Map Project Presentation that Kristin Johnson-Waggoner presented on their collective impact initiative aimed at getting dramatic improvement in student achievement—cradle through college and career—in South Seattle and South King County.

United Way of Snohomish County: Pillars of Collective ImpactPoverty in Snohomish County PowerPoint

Download the Poverty in Snohomish County Presentation that Mary Jane Brell Vujovic shared at the November summit on poverty statistics in Snohomish County.

United Way of Snohomish County: Pillars of Collective ImpactHousing Session:
2015 Poverty & Housing PowerPoint

Download the slide deck from the Housing session at the November Working Better Together summit.

United Way of Snohomish County: Pillars of Collective ImpactHealth Session:
Verdant Health Commission's Working Better Together PowerPoint

Download the slide deck from the Health session presented by the Verdant Health Commission at the November Working Better Together summit.

United Way of Snohomish County: Pillars of Collective ImpactHealth Session: 
Snohomish Health District's "Poverty: What Do We Know from Our Last Community Health Assessment?" Power Point

Download the slide deck from the Health session at the November Working Better Together summit.

United Way of Snohomish County: Pillars of Collective ImpactEducation Session:
Poverty: Early Learning in Snohomish County PowerPoint

Download the slide deck from the Education session at the November Working Better Together summit.


September 15, 2015 Summit Materials

United Way of Snohomish County: Pillars of Collective ImpactCollective Impact: 
Finding Ways to Work Better Together

Download the Opening Session slide deck that Aimee White presented at the Working Better Together Summit on September 15, 2015.

 
United Way of Snohomish County: Pillars of Collective ImpactCollective Impact: 
Common Agenda

Download the Common Agenda slide deck that Aimee White presented at the Working Better Together Summit on September 15, 2015.

United Way of Snohomish County: Shared MeasurementCollective Impact:
Shared Measurement

Download the Shared Measurement slide deck that Jess Jorstad and Megan Farwell presented at the Working Better Together Summit on September 15, 2015.


Resource Center

United Way of Snohomish County: Balancing Paychecks and Public AssistanceBalancing paychecks and public assistance: 
How higher wages would strengthen what government can do

Millions of Americans rely upon public assistance programs to help meet their basic needs. Indeed, given rising costs of necessities such as child care, housing, and health care, many families’ ability to achieve a modest but adequate standard of living requires resources earned on the job and assistance from government programs. Read the report.

Three Steps for Advancing Equity through Collective Impact

From disaggregating data to embedding equity into your backbone structure, Juan Sebastian Arias (Living Cities) and Sheri Brady (Aspen Forum for Community Solutions) highlight key practices you can do to advance equity within your collective impact work. Read the blog.

United Way of Snohomish County: Equity Matters in Collective ImpactEquity Matters in Collective Impact

In this powerful keynote address from the 2015 Collective Impact Convening, Angela Glover Blackwell (PolicyLink) shares how imperative it is that collective impact initiatives strive to help all community members reach their full potential. Read the blog.

United Way of Snohomish County: How to Partner for ImpactHow to Partner for Impact: 
The Nuts and Bolts of Aligning Collective Impact Efforts

How do we get started aligning collective impact efforts? Karen Pittman (The Forum for Youth Investment) shares strategies on how to engage and align with other collective impact initiatives in your community. Read the blog.

United Way of Snohomish County: 3 Elements of Continuous LearningThe Three Elements of Continuous Learning: 
Priorities, Plans, and Culture

The practice of continuous learning is often cited as one of the integral ingredients needed for the success of a collective impact effort. Efrain Gutierrez (FSG) discusses a framework and the three key elements needed to encourage continuous learning within collective impact work. Read the blog.

Applying An Equity Mirror to Collective Impact

Collective Impact Forum Senior Advisor Paul Schmitz shares key steps to better recognize inequities within your collective impact effort and help shift your social change work forward. Read the blog.

United Way of Snohomish County: Healthy Early Childhood Action Plan 2015A Healthy Early Childhood Action Plan: 
Policies for a Lifetime of Well-Being 2015

Trust for America's Health created this report, which highlights more than 40 policy target areas that are key to achieving national goals of reducing toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and improving the lives of millions of children. Read the report.

United Way of Snohomish County: Living Below the LineLiving Below the Line: 
Economic Insecurity Among Washington's Elders

Washington seniors face an array of economic security challenges—rising food, health care and housing costs, long-term care needs, a soft labor market an others. To better capture and understand the challenges, WOW has calculated Elder Economic Insecurity Rates (EEIRs). Read the report.

United Way of Snohomish County: Channeling ChangeChanneling Change: 
Making Collective Impact Work

An in-depth look at how organizations of all types, acting in diverse settings, are implementing a collective impact approach to solve large-scale social problems. Read the publication from this Stanford Social Innovation Review.

 

United Way of Snohomish County: Putting Community in Collective ImpactPutting Community in Collective Impact

Five characteristics of civic culture that collective impact efforts must address. Read the publication from this Stanford Social Innovation Review.

United Way of Snohomish County: Aging-Friendly Snohomish CountyCreating an Aging-Friendly Snohomish County: 
Series III Demographics of the Aging Population

The Health Statistics and Assessment Program at the Snohomish Health District, in collaboration with the Senior Consortium of Snohomish County, is conducting an assessment intended to help define local priorities by describing the health of the aging population and group disparities, and by identifying gaps in the capacity of social services to meet the needs of the population. Read the report.

United Way of Snohomish County: Equity Imperative in Collective ImpactBuilding Many Stories into Collective Impact

In the final post in a three-part Stanford Social Innovation Review blog series, Sheri Brady, Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships at the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, discusses how using an equity lens will help surface one of the most important resources to support collective impact—the voices of the community. Read an excerpt below or the full post on SSIR.org. 

United Way of Snohomish County: Equity Imperative in Collective ImpactBringing Soul to the Work of Collective Impact

In the second post in a three-part series in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Michael McAfee, vice president for programs and co-director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, shares what he’s learned about how to advance equity within collective impact work. Read an excerpt below or the full post on SSIR.org.

United Way of Snohomish County: Equity Imperative in Collective ImpactThe Equity Imperative in Collective Impact

The collective impact framework can empower people to make a real difference in communities around the world, but the five conditions of collective impact, implemented without attention to equity, are not enough to create lasting change. Read an excerpt below or the full post on SSIR.org.

United Way of Snohomish County: Cost of Living MapWhat Families Need To Get By: 
EPI’s Family Budget Calculator

While poverty thresholds help to evaluate what it takes for families to live free of serious economic deprivation, the Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator offers a broader measure of economic welfare.Use the calculator.
 

United Way of Snohomish County: Debtors' PrisonsModern-Day Debtor’s Prisons: 
The Ways Court-Imposed Debts Punish People 
for Being Poor

Persons charged with and convicted of crimes are overwhelmingly poor. Without adequate education and employment, persons with criminal convictions often struggle to pay for even the most basic of necessities—food, rent, utilities, childcare, and transportation. See the report.

United Way of Snohomish County: Living Wage MapThe Living Wage Map

An ongoing public debate about the struggle of low-income families to stay afloat raises a key question: how great is the gap between the minimum wage and the amount of money needed to meet a minimum standard of living? The Living Wage Calculator, developed by Professor Amy Glasmeier of MIT, examines this question. Explore the map.

United Way of Snohomish County: Affordable Housing and HealthThe Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: 
A Research Summary

Affordable housing alleviates crowding and makes more household resources available to pay for health care and healthy food. High-quality housing limits exposure to environmental toxins that impact health. Stable and affordable housing supports mental health by limiting stressors. Read the summary.

United Way of Snohomish County: Solution to Homeless ProblemThe Solution to Seattle's Homeless Problem 
Is Painfully Obvious

More than 15 years ago, Seattle began experimenting with Housing First and then pretty much stopped. Utah kept going and has virtually eliminated chronic homelessness. Can we do the same? Read the article. (Published by Seattle Weekly, Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 8, 2015)

United Way of Snohomish County: High Cost of Low WagesThe High Public Cost of Low Wages: 
Low Wages Cost U.S. Taxpayers $152.8 Billion Each Year in Public Support for Working Families

Stagnating wages and decreased benefits are a problem not only for low-wage worker, but also for governments that finance the public assistance programs many of these workers and their families turn to. Read the article by U.C. Berkeley Labor Center.

For more information on poverty resources, email info@uwsc.org or call 425.374.5500.

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