Newport News Notebook: have a conversation about poverty


Published: July 15, 2009

BY SABINE HIRSCHAUER

9:54 PM EDT, July 14, 2009

If you can spare a minute or two and have a thought, an idea or opinion on how to fight poverty in your community, join in a conversation this weekend.

Act on Poverty is a poverty summit and a simultaneous conversation Saturday. The Peninsula location and time is from 10 a.m. to noon at Thomas Nelson Community College’s Peninsula Workforce Development Center. The sessions will be held in Rooms 1301 to 1303 at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.

TNCC is one of the 26 community colleges across the state participating on Saturday.

Food for thought about poverty:

• Virginia has the 10th-lowest poverty rate nationwide, according to a recent 2009 American Community Survey, but that rate remained pretty much unchanged since 1989.

• About 50 percent of poor Virginians are white, nearly 37 percent are black and the rest are Hispanic and Asian.

• Most of poor Virginians — more than 20 percent — have less than a high school education, and nearly 70 percent of impoverished children live in families headed by a single mother.

On Saturday, people can also share their ideas via e-mail to poverty@governor.virginia.gov.

Act on Poverty will be the largest ever, simultaneous conversation focusing on fighting Virginia’s poverty, according to state officials.

For more information about Act on Poverty, go to www. hhr.virginia.gov/poverty summit



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