The Longview organization strives to explain the impact of poverty on the community

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) – The number of children living in poverty in the United States has increased just one month after the end of the expansion of child tax credits. Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy found that the monthly child poverty rate rose from about 12% in December to 17% in January.

Longview’s Partners in Prevention organization led the community in a discussion and simulation to better understand how poverty affects their community. Rachel Miller, a social work student at Stephen F. Austin State University and an intern student at Partners and Prevention, said she learned a lot.

“Poverty is not really something unique. There are different types of poverty. There’s the situation, the generation, so it all depends,” Miller said. “You have to get to know the person, understand what they are going through and how you can help them.”

Holly Fuller, the program manager, said today that they wanted to offer a glimpse of what it might be like to live in the world of poverty.

“As far as Gregg County, we’re at about 28 percent of children under 18 are considered to be living in poverty,” Fuller said. “Overall, for individuals, last time I checked, I think it was around 16%. To be considered poor, for a family of four, you would earn $27,489 or less.

Rachel Harrington is a Certified Professional Counselor with Community Healthcore. She and a few co-workers came to help learn more, so they could better serve their customers.

“If I had a broken window, which was an example today, I could call a glass company and fix it, but someone in poverty would have to rely on the relationship of a friend, neighbor or something like that.” Harrington said. “So it shows how important support and community connections are to these people, more than money.”

Starting March 1, Partners in Prevention will hold weekly resource and information sessions for people affected by poverty. To learn more visit their website.

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Virginia S. Braud