Figures Display State Poverty Problem

1 decade 2 years 5 months ago Tuesday, January 17 2006 Jan 17, 2006 Tuesday, January 17, 2006 1:38:07 PM CST January 17, 2006 in News

Two million Missourians are impacted by poverty, and the problem's only getting worse. The Association for Community Action says charts and numbers aren't enough.

So it created life-sized figures to get the message across. The group unveiled the figures for the first time this morning. Each figure depicts the growing poverty issue in Missouri. The group hopes people will help to solve problems by learning about the issue.

"We think that these figures will get people talking, will start a discussion about poverty, but most important about what the solutions are to poverty," said Elaine West, MO Association for Community Action.

The group wants to combine facts and creativity to raise awareness.

"We wanted to combine those two aspects of it in a project so people begin to learn for themselves about poverty as a community issue," said Professional Development Manager Kevin Allton.

"We've got to stop and think about those less fortunate than us. And we're losing ground in Missouri. One of two states and I just don't think that's accpetable," said Bill Bunch, MO Association for Community Action.

The group plans to take its top priorities to Missouri lawmakers. Those priorities include expanded healthcare, funding for safe and affordable housing and support for Missouri's elderly. The group plans to take these figures around the state to regional agencies to raise awareness of poverty on a local level.

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