Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Highlights High Child Poverty in Allegheny County

Katie Phillips Advocacy, Opportunities for Success

“Growing Up Through the Cracks: When half the kids are in poverty, our fractured towns can offer no future”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an interactive article on January 14, 2019, “Growing Up Through the Cracks.” The article explores child poverty in southwestern Pennsylvania and the challenges that our decentralized cities, boroughs, and townships face in providing resources to keep kids “safe, active and healthy.” This article is the first in a year-long project to “explore the data tying childhood deprivation to a host of other problems, and delve into a dozen communities in which half of the kids live in poverty.”

What the data shows:

“The U.S. child poverty rate is 20 percent, and Allegheny County is 17 percent. But there are seven Allegheny County municipalities in which half of the kids live in poverty [emphasis added]: North Braddock, Mount Oliver, Rankin, Duquesne, McKeesport, Clairton and Wilmerding. They’ve got more than their fair share of kids and human needs. They’re short on stable, educated residents and starved for the funds needed to keep kids safe and healthy.”

Poverty in these communities causes great harm to children and families. But deep-rooted, systemic barriers make addressing poverty especially challenging.

Read the full article here.

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