In summer 2013, we undertook demographic and narrative research on the issue of urban poverty in North Carolina, focusing specifically on Mecklenburg and Durham counties. In 2014, we received a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to continue, deepen and extend this research to other NC communities. We will spend the next couple of years talking to people and studying poverty in places across the state.
Our first two reports (on Charlotte and North Carolinians without health insurance) are available online as PDFs, along with follow up press coverage, related publications, interviews and the like.
We're currently putting finishing touches on our report on Wilkes County, up in the northwest corner of the state, and we'll follow that with a portrait of Goldsboro, down east in Wayne County. In the pipeline are reports on gentrification in Durham and hunger in High Point. Please check back as we continue to add new locations to the series.