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Long before the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession, people with disabilities faced tremendous barriers to financial security.  More than a quarter of people with disabilities in the United States live in poverty and two-thirds of adults with disabilities are out of work or underemployed.  Empowered Cities is an urgent call to action to ensure a fully inclusive and equitable recovery.  This intentional collaboration is building a national network of municipal disability leaders to 
  • identify strategies to increase access to financial empowerment, employment, and affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities; and
  • address long-standing equity issues magnified by the COVID-19 crisis, including accessibility, healthcare, food insecurity, and the digital divide.  
Representatives of these 5 cities, joined by other municipal leaders from major metropolitan areas, meet online biweekly to share insights and resources and discuss issues and challenges across five different priority areas. 
  • emergency management/COVID-19 response - meeting the urgent needs of the disability community
  • financial empowerment - increasing the financial stability of people with disabilities and their families
  • employment - connecting job seekers with disabilities to meaningful, living-wage careers
  • affordable accessible housing - expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently
  • equity - addressing accessibility, healthcare and the digital divide
Click here for more information on this landmark initiative and the accomplishments of the five cities to date.

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