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.