The Zanesville Think Tank on Poverty serves the city of Zanesville, and the greater Muskingum County region.


The Zanesville Think Tank on Poverty (ZTTP) was formed in 2018 by local leaders who decided to start a Think Tank in the region to address the structural issues that keep people in need. The ZTTP generated a strong leadership team, working with a range of directly impacted people, social services, community leaders, and partners to working on mapping the needs and challenges in the community related to poverty. 

The ZTTP holds monthly general meetings open to the public to increase education and address barriers preventing local community members from living healthy and productive lives.



ZTTP has had government leaders, city council, legal aid, criminal justice, United Way, and a range of community service providers attend our meetings and participate. A poverty simulation with the United Way and engagement with the city about rumored evictions of some of the most vulnerable in the city moved the ZTTP into the issues of affordable housing and renter's rights.

We have voted and decided to work on a number of issues, including housing, reentry, and addressing homelessness.  We are also concerned with the impact of substance abuse and addiction on children and families. 

The ZTTP has presented to the City Council and has been in dialogue with the prosecuting attorney working on rehousing issues. We are presently working on educating residents and renters' of their rights, supporting the city survey on housing, and advocating for the expansion of recovery housing, like the Pearl House, and other projects that would meet the needs of low-income income residents.  



ZTTP monthly meetings are free and open to the public. For dates or more information, please visit the Calendar tab above. 


Where you can find us

You can like our Facebook page here for meeting information and relevant articles. If you have further questions, you can visit our contact page, contact Lesha Farias at (740) 334-2152, or email us at [email protected]


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