Dress for Success Triangle NC and Southeast Raleigh Promise were awarded the Women THRIVE Grant from Triangle Community Foundation’s Fund for the Triangle for $53,000. The funding is part of a multi-phase grant that aims to increase the economic security of low-income women, specifically women with children and female-led households. The grant funds the planning phase of the project.
Wake County is ranked as one of the top prosperous counties in the nation, however more than 10% of its population lives in poverty and rates of upward mobility are among the lowest in the metro areas. Triangle women earn a median income of more than $15,000 less than their male counterparts, though many women are heads of households to children. Studies find that women living in Southeast Raleigh earn even less than women in other areas of Wake County.
Dress for Success Triangle NC and Southeast Raleigh Promise will work together to administer the planning phase of the project. The agencies will work together to understand what workforce development assets already exist in the community and create a pilot program that will focus on families served at Southeast Raleigh Elementary School.
The outcome of the planning phase will identify the key components needed to launch a three-year program that will provide pathways to economic security for low-income women living in Southeast Raleigh. The agencies will identify needs and barriers to employment, define the program’s core elements, and develop a workplan for the future program.
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