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.