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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, June 19, 2014:
Today, more than 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population lives in poverty – equal to about 1.5 million residents. It isn’t just confined to the inner cities or very rural areas either, but reaches all communities throughout the state, affecting everyone from college graduates struggling with loans to single-parent households.
According to federal guidelines, a single person with an income of less than $11,670 is living in poverty. For a family of four, the poverty rate is $23,850.
On Thursday’s Smart Talk we will examine the state’s newest policy initiative created to combat poverty, Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty. Designed for the purpose of analyzing the barriers that keep individuals and families from overcoming poverty, it also surveys the best and worst practices for Pennsylvanians in their war against poverty.
Joining us to discuss the initiative and its endeavors will be State Representative Dave Reed, who is directing the efforts, and Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, PA Chapter, Ron Simon.
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