Identifying Sources

Most communities should have these key players to get you started:

  • Nonprofit agencies (i.e. food banks, churches and various charities)
  • Local government officials and county commissioners
  • Public health officials
  • Individuals and families living in poverty or experiencing homelessness, and people formerly in these circumstances
  • Long-time residents in historically impoverished areas
  • Real estate boards or homeowners associations
  • Homeless shelters
  • Teachers and academic advisors in your education system

As you hone in on your story, think about these other sources: 

  • Activists or politicians involved locally or at higher policy-making positions specifically addressing poverty in legislation
  • Fair Housing Action Centers, United Way, Salvation Army or other nonprofit organizations that address service for low-income populations
  • Leaders in charge of food banks, community action agencies or churches that serve people living in poverty
  • Human rights organizations such as the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
  • Pro-bono or other professionals and firms offering free or low-cost legal assistance

Consider these questions while reaching out to these organizations, agencies and individuals.


Sofia Gratas graduated in fall 2020 with a journalism degree from the University of Georgia.

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