2020 Community Strengths and Needs Assessment
Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) announces the results of its 2020 Community Strengths and Needs Assessment.
By conducting a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment every three years, CAP-HC seeks to understand better the needs of low-income families and individuals in Hennepin County. The full report summarizes what we learned from listening to the community.
Below are some findings from the Assessment.
- Poverty persists. 15% of Hennepin County (26% of Minneapolis residents) live under 125% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
- Economic inequality. Poverty rates for Hennepin County are nearly five times higher for Hennepin County's Black/African-American population (42% under 125% FPL) than Hennepin County's White population (9% under 125% FPL). Rates are higher for youth (<18), Minneapolis residents, people of color, less educated, foreign-born population, and persons living with disabilities.
- Community members are struggling to meet basic needs. "[I'm concerned about] paying bills, not enough food, not making enough money to survive on. [About] stress, depression, anxiety, and fear of losing what we have and being homeless."
- Top unmet needs. The most frequently reported unmet needs of survey respondents are in transportation, financial wellness, and housing.
- Interrelated factors are reinforcing poverty. Systemic oppression and white supremacy contribute to intergenerational poverty. Interconnected and complex barriers, such as (mental) health conditions, housing instability, and high cost of living, limit economic opportunity.
Thank you to the Improve Group and to all the community members, partners, and service organizations that helped with the Assessment.
Click the links below to view full 2020 CAP-HC Community Needs Assessment or to review the report appendix.