Neighborhood Poverty and Family Financial Security

Friday, October 7 | 11:45am


  • Joanna Biernacka-Lievestro, Senior Associate, Research, Family Financial Security and Mobility, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Tonja Murphy, Employment Readiness Specialist/ Mobility Coach, The Prosperity Center of Greater Jackson at Midtown Partners, Inc.
  • Jacqueline Rivera, Director of Family Services, PRAB, Inc.

Tatjana Meschede, Research Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) and Senior Lecturer, Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Presentation Slides
Joanna Biernacka-Lievestro Presentation Slides

The Pew Charitable Trusts has examined the effects of neighborhood context on American families’ economic mobility. That analysis found that neighborhood poverty is associated with downward mobility, reinforcing other research that has shown a link between high-poverty neighborhoods and unemployment, poorer-performing schools, and increased violence, all of which pose risks to residents’ economic security. Drawing on data from the Survey of American Family Finances, commissioned by Pew in November 2014, this presentation outlines how the (1) health of family balance sheets in high- and low-poverty communities across the United States and (2) neighborhood context influence the search for employment and labor force participation.