Boone County Poorest County in Missouri
It would be wrong to assume the increase in poverty numbers is due to the homeless population in downtown Columbia. In fact the real problem in Boone County comes from under-employment, not unemployment.
Francine Dunkin moved to Columbia from Illinois to take care of her four grandchildren.Recently she ran into some hard times.
"Electricity bill was extremely high and come time to pay the bills they cut my electric off. I had nowhere to go and no money," said Francine Dunkin, Columbia resident.
That's when Francine turned to Central Missouri Community Action for help. The CMCA helped her pay her electricty bill and they understand the problems people face. The CMCA is also providing also provides education support and job training.