According to new census numbers, 49 million Americans are now at the poverty level and tens of thousands of them live in North Texas.
About a dozen organizations will gather Monday in Fort Worth for the first National Poverty Summit, aimed at reducing the poverty level.
Mike Corpier spent all day Thursday training for new certifications in telecommunications. His roommate, Johnny Allen, settled in across the hall after work in a warehouse.
According to a report, 24 percent of kids in Texas are living in poverty. The national average is 20 percent, making Texas one of the worst states.
According to a new study by the Brookings Institute, the poverty rate in America’s suburbs has increased by almost 40 percent in the last decade. In fact, almost a third of our nation’s poor live in the suburbs.
Poverty is creeping into the suburbs and with it, services for those who are suddenly having trouble paying for basic necessities like food.
New Census numbers show the bad economy last year meant more Texans slipping below the poverty line.
The state’s poverty rate , now at 17.3 percent, remained the nation’s 6th highest in 2009. The rate among Texas children also has increased since 2008.