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Economic Impact

Cincinnati Works has provided a value of $35 Million by reducing reliance on social services and increasing incomes and sales tax collections.

In 2016, we commissioned a study from The University of Cincinnati Economics Center that determined Cincinnati Works has returned more than $35 million in value to Greater Cincinnati over our first 20 years of operation. That value continues to compound through a reduced reliance on social services and increased tax payments among Members who achieved and retained employment with the assistance of our services.

Not included in this number is the reduction of money spent on incarceration. Imprisoning just one inmate costs $25,814 annually. A 2013 UC Economics Center study determined that being a Cincinnati Works Member reduced the probability of a felony indictment by nearly 50 percent.

Research & Stats


Cincinnati residents living in poverty in 2017


Cincinnati children living in poverty in 2017


who earned jobs in 2017

We Know Poverty

Since we opened our doors in 1996, Cincinnati Works has helped more than 7,500 of our neighbors find stable employment. Our work has been recognized in national publications such as The Almanac of American Philanthropy, The Harvard Business Review and Stephen Covey’s The 3rd Alternative. Our business model was awarded a 2009 Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award and it has been replicated in more than 20 cities across the United States.

Co-founder Liane Phillips documented the launch of Cincinnati Works and the lessons she and her husband, Dave, learned along the way in the book, Why Don’t They Just Get a Job.

Success Stories

Success Stories
September 5, 2018

Ebony Marshall

As a child with an independent streak in a large family that moved often, Ebony Marshall has struggled with her self-identity. It fueled her work ethic in the classroom and…
Success Stories
May 6, 2018

Rayshun Holt

After spending 21 years in prison in the prime of his life, Rayshun Holt returned to a familiar neighborhood with familiar challenges in a rapidly changing city. From professional sports…
Success Stories
November 6, 2018

LaDerrick Parks

By age 22, LaDerrick Parks had lived half his life with no parents and no desire to settle down. He did not seek a stable home and did not avoid…

Blog & News

November 6, 2018

Transportation options for frontline workers

Mike Kralik listened intently as local companies described the challenges and triumphs of hiring traditionally hard-to-hire individuals – those with criminal records or in poverty or facing other barriers to…
September 24, 2018

Walking the Walk in Price Hill

After four people were shot in East Price Hill early this summer, Mitch Morris and our Phoenix Program outreach team spent two hours every Friday for six straight weeks on Warsaw Avenue, distributing…
September 6, 2018

CQE is a valuable tool for employers and employees

The State of Ohio would need a forest’s worth of trees to print every law on its books, which is why many law offices only utilize the online version of…