COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Poverty Workgroup Report

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Staff report on various aspects of poverty in Albemarle County for the Board’s information

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Ralston, Allshouse, L., Allshouse, S., Bowman, Burton, Ellis

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

November 7, 2007

 

ACTION:                              INFORMATION:    X

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                           INFORMATION:   

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

At the request of the Board, staff has researched the scope of poverty in Albemarle County for the Board to utilize in formulating future policy aimed at “enhancing and increasing the ability of those individuals and families, who are living in lower income households, to become self-sufficient.”  To this end, a team of County staff and University of Virginia representatives have met on an ongoing basis since March, 2007 to review existing data and formulate answers to questions regarding several aspects of poverty.  The attached analysis presents the findings of this Workgroup and is submitted to the Board at this time for its review and consideration.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Strategic Objective: By June 30, 2010, the County will continue to maintain a strong and sustainable economy; increase the economic vitality of the County's development areas; and increase the ability of those individuals and families, who are living in lower income households, to become self-sufficient.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The Poverty Workgroup Report (Attachment A) provides analyses and conclusions related to poverty in Albemarle County in the following areas: various definitions of poverty; the higher education student population’s impact on poverty data; geographic locations and demographics; descriptions of existing “safety net” programs; poverty migration; comparable communities; the impact of education; and poverty’s impact on employment and asset attainment.

 

The report does not analyze the causes of poverty nor is it a definitive study on poverty; rather, it attempts to overview the available data that may be used for future policymaking and, if desired, provides the Board a springboard for further analysis and recommendations.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

This report is provided for the Board’s information and does not have any fiscal impact at this time. However, if the Board wishes to pursue any strategies identified in the report, staff will prepare more detailed proposals, including any fiscal impact, based on the Board’s direction.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff is providing this report to the Board for its information to assist in future policymaking decisions regarding poverty.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A: Poverty Workgroup Report

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