City Heights Photo Exhibition To Be Unveiled At USC Urban Poverty Conference

The upcoming Innovating to End Urban Poverty Conference was highlighted on KPBS, with an article on the conference and the documentary photography installation from Matt Gainer which will run during the conference.

Photo: Matt Gainer.
Cisco fell into the gang lifestyle and wound up in prison. He turned to the Bible while serving time and turned his life around. Now, he works to be a peacemaker among gang members in City Heights.

Images of poverty in City Heights will be a focal point of an urban poverty conference taking place this week at the University of Southern California.

The USC conference will bring in poverty experts from across the country to assess the impact of programs developed as part of America’s 50-year-old “War on Poverty.”

Raphael Bostic was interviewed on the importance of the convening.

“At this critical juncture in our history, it’s time to really reassess and examine which poverty programs work and don’t work,” said Raphael Bostic, director of the USC Price Bedrosian Center and former assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “This conference is about helping inform the national debate on poverty, and providing insights regarding the most proven methods for eradicating poverty in communities across America.”

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