Fifty Years Into the War on Poverty

A Summit on Advancing Southern California’s Battle Plan for Victory – Poverty to Jobs, Workforce Development Tactics & Economic Growth Campaigns

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037


In his State of the Union Address on January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” The President and Congress worked together to pass the Economic Opportunity Act, which was signed into law on August 20, 1964. Fifty years later, however, poverty is still a major challenge across the nation. Socioeconomic data presented at the 2013 Southern California Economic Recovery & Job Creation Summit showed that the Southern California region has a much lower than average educational attainment level, which in turn results in an alarmingly low median average household income levels and extremely high poverty rates. One-in-four children lives below the poverty line. Even after fifty years, more needs to be done.

The Southern California Association of Governments and the Southern California Leadership Council hosted this summit to help raise awareness, develop a broad coalition of stakeholders to help find solutions, identify specific actions needed to move people out of poverty into jobs, assure Southern California’s future prosperity for our economy and residents, and outline ways for attendees to get involved.

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the event. We hope you gained some valuable insight and information on pathways to jobs and opportunity that can help move more of the region’s residents from poverty to prosperity.