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Scotland Neck, Halifax County


Glad you dropped by. The purpose of the Fund is to explore, document and research the immense challenges of economic hardship in North Carolina. Through the generous donation of various North Carolina foundations, and engaged and committed citizens from across the state and nation, the Fund hires undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students and faculty to probe the causes of and solutions to economic injustice in the Tar Heel state.

Poverty is North Carolina’s greatest challenge. In one of the most economically vibrant states of the richest nation on earth, one in six of us live in poverty. The rate is higher if you're a woman, a child, a person of color, a high-school drop-out, unemployed, disabled. Too many are being left out for too many reasons.

Take some time to peruse our projects and activities, which are intended to place the plight of low income North Carolinians at the center of our shared discourse.


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Our report detailing poverty in Charlotte is now available! To mark the occasion, Gene Nichol penned an op-ed for the Charlotte Observer describing some of the report's key findings. He also presented the report at a standing room only event sponsored by Crisis Assistance Ministry.

The report, "Economic Hardship, Racialized Concentrated Poverty, and the Challenges of Low-Wage Work," uses extensive data and narrative to detail the privation and inequality that goes hand in hand with Charlotte's immense growth and impressive wealth.
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