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Many find themselves at a disadvantage, rely on IMPACT to chart a way forward

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, Milwaukee ranks second in poverty level among major cities with a population of at least 500,000.

The 31st largest U.S. city, Milwaukee has a poverty rate of 24.6 percent, tied with Memphis which is the 28th largest major city. Only Detroit has a higher poverty rate when compared against other major cities. It ranks 29th in population and has a poverty rate of 33.2 percent.

For many economically-disadvantaged residents in our community, IMPACT 211 serves as a critical lifeline to stabilizing resources such as food pantries and meal sites; eviction prevention and subsidized rental housing; energy assistance and utility payment assistance; mental health crisis intervention and substance use disorder services; free and low-cost health and dental care; and much more.

Poverty is nothing new but we're taking a different approach to address socioeconomic conditions such as poverty and the stressful conditions that accompany it. IMPACT Connect, southeastern Wisconsin's community information exchange, harnesses the power of cross-sector collaboration and data sharing to improve our region's collective health and well-being. We're part of a nationwide movement that is driving systems change through advanced care coordination that targets social determinants of health, enhances resource navigation, and ensures equity for those we serve.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

'How do I ever get caught up if I'm always catching up?' Poverty's unrelenting grip on Milwaukee

National 211 Steering Committee

'211 and the Social Determinants of Health' white paper

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