Local city looks to reduce high poverty rate

POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 3:08pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 7:28pm

WACO -- It's an issue that is often overlooked.

"Because we've had it a long time, people may not be aware of it, you know, kind of comfortable with it," said Alexis Weaver, member of the Poverty Solutions Steering Committee for Waco.  

But poverty in Waco is as prevalent today as it was 40 years ago.

"In 2010 the poverty rate for Waco is 28.7 percent. That is higher than McLennan County, Texas, and the United States," said Weaver.

Waco also has a high child poverty rate at 35.3 percent.

"This poverty rate definitely impacts our ability to recruit higher end retail services. It also impacts our educational system."

So the Poverty Solutions Steering Committee presented their findings to the Waco City Council with big plans to turn things around.

"Build our economic strength so we want to have a base of high paying jobs that's high skills. We also, like I said, want to fortify our health and education specifically for our children," said Weaver. 

The city council is expected to take a more in-depth look at the report going into the Fall.

To see the full poverty report for yourself go to:

www.waco-texas.com/pdf/housing/PSSC%20Final%20Report%206-14-2012.pdf

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