How to Move 33,000 People Out of Poverty in Charlotte

August 2016

What if someone told you Charlotte could lift 33,000 of its residents out of financial distress, cutting the poverty rate by 25 percent?
Nice dream, many would say.

After all, our number of people in poverty grew faster than the overall population from 2009 to 2014. This despite the fact that the regional economy expanded by $15 billion in that time.
Still, researchers at the Center for Neighborhood Technology say that 25 percent reduction is not a pipe dream.