Thaler McCormick has been working with families that are on the verge of becoming homeless or who are homeless for over 18 years.
McCormick acknowledges that some think that poor people just need to work harder to pull themselves together. But it’s more complicated than that.
She is aware of the obstacles that can stand in the one and how one generation of poverty can carry over into the next.
Due to her expertise as executive director for ForKids, Norfolk-based nonprofit, she has been selected to serve on Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim’s Commission on Poverty.
The task force was created to help people who have been caught in the cycle of poverty. It consists of 30 people ranging from professions that include education, business, law and ministry.
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities partnered with Hope in the Cities on the“Unpacking the 2010 Census: The New Realities of Race, Class, and Jurisdiction” project that explored poverty in the Richmond region. Over 1,000 residents learned about the demographics in metropolitan Richmond and the history that led to current circumstances.
Alongside that effort, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones launched an anti-poverty commission that is pursuing a range of recommendations.
What are some things that cities could do to help families living below the poverty line? Do you think other cities should be more proactive like Norfolk and Richmond?