Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) marks UN World Poverty Day on Oct. 17

This observance promotes consciousness of the need to eradicate poverty across the globe.

By Office on Socioeconomic Status

Oct. 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, also known as World Poverty Day. The United Nations first observed World Poverty Day in 1993. Now an annual observance, World Poverty Day acknowledges the efforts and struggles of those living in poverty. Every single day more Americans fall into poverty. The consequences of poverty can be severe — including homelessness, poor health and hunger. High-poverty neighborhoods have high crime and low-performing schools, and job opportunities are scarce. This year the APA Office on Socioeconomic Status, in partnership with the APA staff committee Neighborhood Opportunities for Volunteer Activities (NOVA) and the APA Staff Initiatives Office, has organized a Go Casual to end poverty campaign in the APA headquarters building, benefiting two local organizations:

  • DC Bar Foundation a 501(c)3 nonprofit that directly impacts the residents of D.C. by funding, supporting and improving legal representation of the poor, vulnerable and otherwise disadvantaged in the District of Columbia. The DC Bar Foundation is the leading private funder of civil legal aid in D.C., and holds steadfast its commitment to the vision, that residents in D.C. have equal access to justice, regardless of their income.
  • Sinai Assisted Housing Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides fully furnished living quarters to homeless families, along with support services. Residents reside at Sinai House in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. for two years, while working to achieve stability and independence. 

The invaluable services and supports provided by these organizations serve as a vehicle in breaking the cycle and stigma of poverty. Staff will host a “brown bag lunch” discussion that will offer a narrative into how these underserved populations might access justice in their local communities.