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One Way to Cut Child Poverty? Community Support, N.C. Families Say [EqualVoiceForFamilies.org]

 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – When a tree fell in July 2016 and destroyed her family’s mobile home in Leicester, Kwana Bailey considered giving up.

Perhaps it was time to throw in the towel, the mother of six wondered. Maybe she should take her kids and camp out in front of social services until someone came to their aid.

Her landlord was refusing to fix the property, and being homeless for the second time was a setback she wasn’t sure she could handle.

Then, Bailey remembered why she cleaned up her act in the first place and called Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina.

She had a new home within a month and a higher-paying job in August of that year.

“My children, really, really, they were a big part of saving my life,” she said.

Bailey, 40, knows what it is like to grow up in poverty and pushes every day so her kids have a life different than hers. 

The quest is no different than most parents – to want something better for the next generation.

In Buncombe County, however, rising child poverty rates are threatening this common goal and eroding the community’s health, social and economic potential.

To continue reading this article by Beth Walton, go to: http://www.equalvoiceforfamili...rt-n-c-families-say/

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