Third of residents struggle financially: Exercise proves eye-opener for participants

The Republic

November 24, 2018

By Kirk Johannesen

About one-third of households in Bartholomew County live in poverty or are considered among the working poor.

Ten percent are below the federal poverty threshold, and 24 percent fit into the category of Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed (ALICE), according to the United Way of Bartholomew County.

The remaining two-thirds of households in the county should be bringing in enough money to make ends meet, according to local United Way data.

However, more than 10,000 Bartholomew County households struggle to survive on a daily basis, the agency said.

For the Columbus-based Community Education Coalition (CEC) and other educational organizations, this is a concern.

Educational attainment provides a pathway to better-paying jobs and self-sufficiency, but poverty negatively impacts educational attainment, said Kathy Huffman, manager of the CEC’s EcO Attainment Network.

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