|quick facts on poverty and our impact
Poverty and homelessness are often invisible. They are a daily fact of life in our community:
In our nearest elementary school, 72% of the students live in poverty.
Of the 5,200 visits to the Next Step Drop-In Center in 2010, 30% were homeless.
Even for the working poor, life is difficult...
A single mom with two children, working full time at a minimum wage job, falls below the Federal poverty line.
A single unemployed mom with two children, who has exhausted her unemployment benefits, may receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)...if she is lucky enough to qualify, the maximum she will receive is $478 a month - rent for a one bedroom apartment in Snohomish County is $977 a month - twice the TANF benefit...90% of "families" receiving temporary assistance are paying unsubsidized market rates for their housing.
- Renting a one bedroom apartment will consume at least 60% of her income
- 23% more will be spent on gasoline and utilities
- That leaves $217 a month for everything else
- She makes too much to qualify for government assistance
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