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Poverty Rates in Indiana

Experts say the recession is not solely responsible for the increase in child poverty in Indiana.

Homeless man in Indianapolis

Photo: Koru Images (Flickr)

One in five Hoosiers live in poverty, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. Poverty comes in a variety of forms and may not look like we imagine.

One in three Vigo County children lived in poverty in 2009, according to the Annie E Casey Foundation, and Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says the city is doing all it can to get businesses to move back into the area to alleviate the poverty.  The question remains as to what should be done to reduce Indiana’s poverty rates. How can we target all aspects of the poverty problem to make progress?

Join us on Noon Edition this Friday as we talk about poverty rates in Terre Haute and around the state. Visit this site to be part of our live chat, follow us on Twitter@NoonEdition, or join us on the air by calling in at 812-855-0811 or 1-877-285-WFIU.

Guests:

  • Pete Giordano – Director of Bloomington’s Community and Family Services
  • Robert Young – Executive Director of New Hope Family Services
  • Jim Edwards - Program Director at Ryves Youth Center of Catholic Charities in Terre Haute

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