Forty Six Percent, Fifty Percent discussed on Terri Westerfield, United We Move


Of our neighbors are living in or near poverty and struggling to get by i have to ask if we're talking about two thousand sixteen data what stands out to me or to significant flooding episodes that we had that affected in some way shape or form almost every parish in our state and so we know at home we were affected here particularly hard on the north shore so how how how of those events those natural disasters affected families that are living either as you said right there at the middle class and able to get by now have fallen in or those who were in allison perhaps our into poverty our friends up intangible hall paris's example because the twenty sixteen august floods just decimated ten thousand households so forty six percent of the families eleven towns ball perish live below the alice threshold and so when ten thousand homes are affected that suggests that a number of those households are alice families and so when we talk about allison what can affect alice many folks are just one harsh storm away from falling into poverty and so we've seen it firsthand the folks that were just barely getting by meeting their basic needs but barely get thrown into a tailspin that's caused by natural disaster that they couldn't control that didn't have a savings didn't have the wherewithal to be able to recover owned their own and so you're not a way in our community partners have been trying to help but it suggests that as long as we have folks that are struggling day to day and they're exposed the natural disasters there are always going to have folks are going to spiral into this poverty or alice demographic and so and we know also means a couple that not only do we have the flooding events but we know we're facing some economic changes both here at home and on the national level and that's affecting you know this large percentage of folks that are struggling to get by i guess my other question that ties into that is we as americans are so used to looking at jobs reports are unemployment rates to understand or or maybe not to understand but to get a feeling for how our local economy is doing and i think that you know when we hero we're hitting all time record low unemployment rates it sounds like we're doing particularly well but the reality is we've got almost fifty percent of folks in southeast louisiana that are struggling to make ends meet and so maybe they're working but they're not making enough the you know in in particular you know we see it in the hospitality and service industries you know the lower wage jobs dominate the economy and while there's great we all rely so heavily on individuals that work in those industries that make our experiences in the city fantastic and pretty much everybody that comes to southeast or new orleans feels you know the benefit of a really strong tally industry but it's unfortunate that many of those folks are making lower wages and so we're trying to take approaches at united way that help a folk figure out how to increase their wages you know because you got to grow your wages to be able to meet your needs but also how do we help you begin to manage and lemonade expenses and most of all manage your resources effectively as you possibly can to stretch those dollars as far as you possibly can i want to touch on the specifics of what's going on at united way in the way that you're helping folks living under the alice special the little later in the show but you just mentioned that you talked about the fact that folks that are working in the hospitality industry are more likely to be alice or how to who is also in our community majors in general is particular group that we see a particular race a particular age we know in interestingly enough we didn't break the study down by race or gender i'm but we do know is the alice population there are no no there are no boundaries it doesn't discriminate and so we know that these are our friends and family members and so if you walk into.

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