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Census show nearly half of Americans are considered “poor”

By and on December 15th, 2011

Recent numbers from the latest Census show nearly half of Americans are considered “poor.”  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Samantha Taub has more about why more people have a tendency to need help during the holidays.

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Arbor House Executive Direcor Christy Finnegan says, during the holiday season there are some trends that follow and while things tend to slow down following the new year, there seems to be no decline as of right now. She says they have a waiting list of about 30 moms right now. 

To help women break out of homlessness and poverty, the Arbor House services a two year program that is required for all women staying there.

Aside from the services places such as the Arbor House provides for those in need, recent census statistics show that about half of americans are living below the poverty line or are low income. Statistics show that children are among some of the poorest, and in many cases they are born into this type of situation.


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