Poverty in a Pandemic Crisis: Challenges and Community Response

Arlington Community Foundation Webinar Series: Poverty in a Pandemic Crisis

At the start of this crisis, Arlington Community Foundation focused its prompt response on funding local efforts to provide relief to those most impacted by the crisis. As the pandemic continues, Arlington’s network of safety net nonprofits and public sector continue to adjust and respond to changing needs. See below to watch recordings of some or all of our three-part webinar series and to explore the experience of a person in poverty during this crisis. Hear from Arlington’s nonprofit leaders and frontline staff as they share firsthand experience of the challenges faced by Arlington’s low-income residents – and ways that the community is responding to meet the needs of our neighbors.


Episode 1: State of the Crisis – Thursday, May 28, 2020

How has Arlington County helped low-income residents weather the storm, and how does poverty complicate the efforts to keep people healthy?

People living in poverty are always one crisis away from a major setback in their efforts to take care of their families and improve their lives. When that crisis is a global economic and health crisis like we see today, thousands are cast into a crisis of the personal kind. This webinar begins with a look at the Cliff Effect Video, which provides context for poverty in Arlington before the COVID-19 crisis and even more so now. In this conversation we’ll discuss:

– How has this crisis impacted low-income people in our community who have been disproportionately harmed by the pandemic’s fallout?

– What shifts are being made to provide relief and recovery for our neighbors in need?

– From a health perspective, what are the added challenges and experiences of people who are poor and may have underlying health conditions?

Join Arlington Community Foundation and local County and nonprofit leaders for the first of three interactive discussions of the pandemic’s impact on the most vulnerable in our community.

Panelists

– Anita Friedman, Director of Human Services, Arlington County

– Surekha Cohen, Arlington Free Clinic

– Krysta Jones, Moderator

Click here to watch Episode 1.

Click here to watch the Cliff Effect Video.

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Episode 2: Back to Basics – Thursday, June 4, 2020

How are we getting food to people who need it?

Food and shelter are the basic needs of every household. Helping people pay for their housing and enacting a moratorium on evictions can stabilize the housing for a family, but it’s more complicated when it comes to providing consistent food to those in need for a long period of time. In this conversation, we’ll discuss:

– Who is hungry in our community today?

– In what ways are the needs of the food insecure different today than they were before the crisis?

– What is being done to provide relief and recovery for our neighbors in need?

– What are the added challenges of providing food during a pandemic?

– How are we scaling up our efforts while also maintaining the dignity of those served?

Join Arlington Community Foundation and local County and nonprofit leaders for the second of three interactive discussions of the pandemic’s impact on the most vulnerable in our community.

Panelists

– Charles Meng, Executive Director, Arlington Food Assistance Center

– Diane Kresh, Director of Arlington Libraries and Co-Chair of the Collaborative for a Hunger Free Arlington

– Marcelo Ribera, Carlin Springs Community School PTA President

– Krysta Jones, Moderator

Click here to watch Episode 2.


Episode 3: Day to Day – Thursday, June 11, 2020

What is the experience like in a low-income household during this crisis?

This webinar is designed to provide a more social-emotional picture of the challenges of this pandemic for people already facing the day-to-day stress of life in or near poverty. The job losses, school closings, shame in asking for help, and fears of getting sick– especially when living in crowded conditions– all compound the trauma and stress of the situation. In this conversation, we’ll discuss:

– How is this crisis different from prior ones for people already living on the edge of crisis? For front line helpers?

– What is meant by toxic stress?

– Which populations are especially vulnerable to the social-emotional impacts of this crisis?

– What are the added challenges of providing resident services during a pandemic?

Join Arlington Community Foundation and local County and nonprofit leaders for the final of three interactive discussions of the pandemic’s impact on the most vulnerable in our community.

Panelists

– Caroline Jones, Resident Services Director, APAH and former CEO of Doorways for Women and Families

– Heather Venner, Arlington County Community Assistance Bureau

– Alba Hernandez, AHC Resident Services

– Krysta Jones, Moderator

Click here to watch Episode 3.