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The Concentration Of Poverty In Oregon


It's not just that many children grow up in poverty in America; it's also that they tend to grow up in close quarters to one another. 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released one of its "Kids Count" reports on federal census data, this one on concentrated poverty.  It shows that 57,000 Oregon kids are growing up poor, and poverty is often concentrated. 

And it is more concentrated for non-white children.  Children First for Oregon works to alleviate such situations.  Executive Director Jenifer Wagley and Philanthropy Director Julia Pagán visit to delve into the numbers and possible approaches to bringing them down.  

LINK: our guests mentioned making sure ALL members of society are counted in the census, so here's a link to We Count Oregon.

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