3 Later today, city and state leaders are meeting to talk about a plan to help people living in one particular part of Jacksonville. It's an area of town that has the highest rate of poverty, child deaths, teen pregnancy and homicides. We're talking about the 32209 zip code.. Which is the New Town and Durkeeville area of Jacksonville near Edward Waters College. Channel 4's Erica Rakow joins us LIVE this morning where the Department of Children and Families is hosting the community event. 3 3 IT'S CALLED THE COMMUNITY OF HOPE EVENT.. AND THE GOAL IS TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE URGENT NEEDS FACING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN JACKSONVILLE'S INNER-CITY AREAS..ESPECIALLY THE 32209 ZIP CODE.. THIS IS A SMALL AREA.. ABOUT 3 MILES BY 3 MILES SURROUNDING EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE.. THIS IS WHERE MANY ORGANIZATIONS, LIKE THE MAGNOLIA PROJECT, ARE ALREADY TRYING TO HELP.. BUT MUCH MORE IS NEEDED. 3 :00-:06:08-211:14-1:24ALICIA KING SPENDS HER DAYS DRIVING AROUND JACKSONVILLE'S INNER CITIES.. KNOCKING ON THE DOORS OF WOMEN WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM THE MAGNOLIA PROJECTS RESOURCES.ALICIA KING/WOMEN INTERVENTION SPECIALIST 14:46 what the federal government has done, they have given us money to go out in the targeted zip codes because we have so many black babies that are dying in this area, so we want to know how can we help them, do they know what's going on, what programs are available in the community. 15:02 TO TRY AND IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF WOMEN DURING THEIR CHILDBEARING YEARS, AND TO PREVENT INFANT DEATHS.. THE MAGNOLIA PROJECT PROVIDES A SLEW OF SERVICES FOR WOMEN LIVING IN THESE ZIPCODES .. WHICH COVER DOWNTOWN, RIVERSIDE, SPRINGFIELD, NORTHSIDE AND NORTHWEST JACKSONVILLE.IN 32209, THERE WERE 7 INFANT DEATHS JUST LAST YEAR. IT'S ALSO WHERE MORE THAN HALF OF THE CHILDREN ARE LIVING IN POVERTY..THE RATE OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY IS MORE THAN TWICE AS HIGH AS THE REST OF DUVAL COUNTY.AND ALTHOUGH ONLY 4.5 PERCENT OF JACKSONVILLE'S POPULATION LIVES IN THIS ZIP CODE, 1 IN 4 MURDERS IN THE CITY OVER THE PAST YEAR HAPPENED THERE.THESE ALARMING STATISTICS HAVE PROMPTED D-C-F TO BRING TOGETHER CITY LEADERS, RESIDENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE MAGNOLIA PROJECT..TODAY TO COME UP WITH SOME SOLUTIONS FOR AN ONGOING INITIATIVE CALLED COMMUNITY OF HOPE.8:01 I think just the name alone, community of hope, you know and that's not to say there's not any hope there but that lets community know that they're important that they're being viewed as a community of hope and there is hope for the community 8:15 IT'S AN AREA THE MAGNOLIA PROJECT IS COMMITTED TO.. HELPING WOMEN AGES 15 TO 44 UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR HEALTH LONG BEFORE THEY BECOME PREGNANT. 3 THE EVENT IS HERE AT EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE TODAY AND IT'S FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 11 FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE COMMUNITY OUTBREAK SESSIONS. THEN AT 2 P-M, SEVERAL LEADERS WILL GIVE SPEECHES AND A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE NEED FOR HELP IN THE COMMUNITY. EVERYTHING WRAPS UP WITH A MARCH OF HOPE.