Beatty Hosts Community Conversation Tackling Poverty in Ohio’s Third Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) held a community conversation entitled, “Rise Together: A Blueprint for Reducing Poverty in Franklin County,” at The Ohio State University African American and African Studies Community Extension Center. Joined by Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services Director Joy Bivens and Ohio State University Associate Vice President of Community Relations Trudy Bartley, Beatty discussed legislative solutions to create greater economic opportunities for all Central Ohioans and to examine proposals to break down historic societal barriers that have contributed to systemic poverty.
“Right now, a child born into poverty will likely remain poor the rest of their life,” Beatty said during the October 1st event. “We cannot let this be the status quo. We need a movement to make change happen.” Beatty continued, “Together, we can help move the needle to improve healthcare, expand affordable housing, create better jobs, and close the wealth gaps so that more of our neighbors can achieve the American Dream.”
As the first-ever chair of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, Beatty is leading the charge to close the gender and racial wealth gaps, two of the largest contributors to systemic poverty. In Congress, Beatty has also consistently called for greater funding for key federal anti-poverty programs and initiatives, and she introduced affordable housing legislation that would make homeownership—one of the largest sources of generation wealth—a reality for more people. Her bill, the Housing Financial Literacy Act, unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 9, 2019, and it is awaiting further consideration by the U.S. Senate.
Closing out the community conversation, Beatty emphasized, “We need to enact tax, budget, and workplace policies that will help create an economy that works for everyone.”
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