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For the United Nations Sustainable Cities Initiative, Goal #1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

For Baltimore, the indicators identified by the University of Baltimore to date for this goal are as follows:

Distressed Communities Index

The DCI calculates economic distress scores based on a geography’s combined performance on seven well-being metrics. The scores range from 0 to 100; the higher the score, the greater the distress.



Percent of Children Living in Poverty

Children are the future of Baltimore. Children living at or below the federal poverty line have limited access to resources that can ensure healthy life outcomes.


Number of Homeless Persons

The Mayor's Office conducts a biannual point-in-time count of homeless persons in Baltimore City. The PIT count provides a snapshot of the extent of homelessness in a jurisdiction by counting persons who slept outdoors and in shelters, transitional programs, and Safe Havens on a single night in January. 

 Homeless Persons

Liquid asset poverty

Liquid asset poverty is a measure of the liquid savings households retain to cover basic expenses for three months if they experience a sudden job loss, a medical emergency or another financial crisis leading to a loss of stable income.

 Liquid Asset Poverty


Organizations who have endorsed this goal

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Goal 1 Global Targets

1.1 By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.

1.2  By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

1.3  Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.

1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.

1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

1.6 Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programs and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions.

1.7 Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions.

Learn more about this goal via the United Nations.  

Last Published 2/23/17