New statistics show nearly 1 in 4 kids in Michigan live in poverty
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:19:44 GMT —
A new report shows 24 percent of kids in Michigan are living in poverty. The latest Kids Count study, released Tuesday, shows the poverty rate among kids has risen five percent since 2008.
"I cry everyday,â?? said Taja Larry, Flint.
In Flint, it's even higher at 3 out of every 5 kids. Taja Larry's two young girls are living this life every day.
"I cry because I put my kids in this situation,â?? said Larry.
The young mother is trying to find work, but for now lives with her girls in a local shelter, and gets many of her meals at the Catholic Charities Center For Hope.
"This is their everyday life,â?? said Vicky Shultz, CEO Catholic Charities Flint.
The shocking number of children in poverty is what has the Lansing Catholic Diocese trying a new tactic, Faith in Flint, to connect with those in need in the Vehicle City .
â??They have no say in this. Some of them don't even realize they're living in poverty. You and I know that it's poverty but they don't know that because this is all they've ever lived in,â?? said Shultz.
For Catholic Charities helping people get back on their feet is about more than just the services they offer at the Center for Hope it's about building relationships.
"Just because you've got a service doesn't mean they come running through your door. They have to be able to trust you. They want to know they're treated with respect and dignity,â?? said Shultz.
Once they build that trust they look at what these people have to overcome be it mental illness, addiction, or as simple as re-building their self-confidence. Then it comes down to finding jobs.
Local lawmakers say they're doing what they can to help that.
"We're trying to do everything possible to make our community and also out state, accommodating for those companies that may want to relocate and come here,â?? said Sheldon Neeley, (D) State Rep. Flint.
For now, Taja says, for her and her girls, every day is a struggle.
"We need more jobs, Flint has nothing, everything is gone around Flint,â?? said Larry.