Thursday, February 17, 2011

UVA Study: 1/4 of Virginia Residents on Brink of Poverty

According to the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at University of Virginia:
  • 1/4 of households are on the brink of poverty
  • 1/4 additionally earn too little money to meet basic needs
  • 33rd worst ranking, nationally, for securing affordable homes
  • 19th highest rate of bankruptcy
The sunshine in the article:  the state has the 39th lowest poverty rate, and the 42nd lowest unemployment rate.  But "Employed" doesn't necessarily mean "comfortably" or "moving up" the economic ladder.  The United States is wallowing in a state of decline as taxpayer monies are funneled toward the top wealthholders in the Country.

Virginia Food Stamp usage rose again in 2010, and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has seen a 77% increase in usage since 2007.

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