Community Leaders Push for Poverty Solution

4 years 10 months 5 days ago Wednesday, January 15 2014 Jan 15, 2014 Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:55:00 PM CST January 15, 2014 in News
By: Cody Lee Heyveld, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missourians to End Poverty (MEP) coalition met Wednesday to show Missouri lawmakers the "steady increase" in poverty and encourage state leaders to take action.

MEP officially released its 2014 State of the State: Poverty in Missouri report, which shows 947,792 people in Missouri are now in poverty. Data shows poverty rates raised nearly three percent over the past five years.

Pat Dougherty of Catholic Charities started off the meeting saying each county in Missouri has some percentage of poverty.

"We want lawmakers and policymakers to know that there is poverty," said Dougherty.

He said that includes men, women, and children. He said Missouri is a rich state, but he said not many share in that because of poverty.

The meeting at the state capitol outlined poverty and how it coincides with food, housing and energy, health care and security with families and the economy.

Single mother LaTreva Smith spoke out for the families during the meeting. She works with Central Missouri Community Action while raising for children on her own. She said her pre-tax income in 2012 was $22,000. That's 100 percent below the federal poverty level. 

"Health care for myself is provided free of charge by my employer," Smith said. "They have to reduce my pay about 25 percent [to cover her children]. Due to this, I have to apply for state-sponsored health care coverage."

Smith also said she has had to visit food banks because food stamp assistance doesn't cover all of her family's needs.

Jessica Long of the Missouri Association for Community Action said she would like to see change in the way Missouri provides social services.

"Currently, if you reach an income limit, you are cut off from services," said Long. "I feel like we could do a balancing act. Instead of cutting families off the minute they make one dollar over the income limit."

She said if the state would just slowly reduce those benefits as families are able to increase their economic security, the state would have a much better situation for low income families across the board.

The coalition is made up of 25 different organizations such as the Missouri Association for Community Action and Social Welfare. Other participants include nonprofits, businesses and church charities. 

2014 State of the State: Poverty in Missouri by Cody Lee Heyveld

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The 17th annual Partnership Against Hunger collected nearly 12,000 pounds of food and more than $42,000 in monetary... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 11:30:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - The Miller County Sheriff’s Office conducted a large investigation on November 11 and 12 by the United... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 7:31:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City Manager Mike Matthes announced his resignation Tuesday morning and it has caused a lot of reactions from... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:37:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON DC - Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert for consumers to avoid... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 6:19:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is renewing a lobbying ban for members of his office. Parson... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 5:46:59 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Margie Vandeven will be reinstated as the education commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:49:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - On Tuesday afternoon Jefferson City Public Schools announced new administrative staffing appointments for Capital City High School... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 4:02:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
MARSHALL – One Salvadoran family in mid-Missouri could be split up with the end of what is called TPS or... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:56:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
CAMDENTON - The Camden County Sheriff's Office identified the victim in Monday's early morning homicide as Derek Ray Harrelson, 34,... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:38:21 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council approved a $12 million improvement project on Nifong Boulevard at Monday's meeting. The... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 3:09:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The sheriff of a rural southeast Missouri county pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges for using... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:27:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Mike Matthes will resign as city manager, effective Wednesday, the City of Columbia announced in a press release.... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 1:32:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Margie Vandeven will return to her role as commissioner... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:44:00 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A judge sentenced a man to seven years in prison for his role in a robbery in April.... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:19:32 PM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are looking for a man in connection with a shooting early Tuesday morning that left a... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 11:12:00 AM CST November 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police identified the victim in Monday's deadly shooting as 19-year-old Nilez R. Nichols. Jefferson City Communications... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:43:00 AM CST November 20, 2018 in News
WARREN - A Benton County Sheriff's Deputy is recovering after he shot himself at a gun range Monday night. ... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, November 20 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 8:13:00 AM CST November 20, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - It's a similar idea to paying a monthly fee for Netflix or a membership to a gym, but... More >>
1 day ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 11:19:00 PM CST November 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 31°
3am 34°
4am 33°
5am 33°
6am 32°