happy and successful families are often lacking in poverty

Nabhi Christian Ministries is concerned about our Neighbors: Circumstances required for happy and successful families are often lacking in poverty, like stability, security, positive emotional time together, access to basic resources, and a strong shared belief system. Family relationships suffer when individuals live in poverty, leaving negative effects on positive parenting and child development such as, unhappiness, hopelessness, stress, low self-esteem, no self worth and bad behavior that can have drastic impacts on academic achievement, high school graduation and college attendance. 

Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh has a dramatically higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line when compared to the rest of Pennsylvania. According to the 2019 Welfareinfo.org data, the poverty rate in Pittsburgh was 22.0% with one out of every 4.5 residents of Pittsburgh living in poverty. 34.4% of Black residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania live below the poverty line. 

Families: Statistically, families and people of color are especially vulnerable to poverty and income insecurity. Family costs increased by 22 percent statewide from 2010 to 2017 and continues to increase hardship on black families. 

Females: Most black poverty is found in female-headed households. Black female residents of Pittsburgh are more likely to live in poverty than black males. According to the 2019 United Way Alice Report 33,575 of 144,360 females in Pittsburgh live below the poverty line. 

Children: Poverty for younger ages in Pittsburgh is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community. Partnersforourchildren.org reports that there has been an upward trend of families falling into poverty in the last several years that has long-term negative impacts for children and families, and disproportionately affects children of color. 

Elderly: According to the Administration on Aging (AoA), the poverty rate for black elders living in the U.S. is more than twice the rate for all elders. African American older adults make up 9% of the elderly population, they represent 21% of the elderly population living below the federal poverty level.

Veterans: According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Poverty rates for veterans between the ages of 18-34 are higher than all other age groups.

Individuals: "United Way of Pennsylvania launched a statewide data project, ALICE, which provides a comprehensive measure of financial hardship across our state. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The ALICE report tells the story of our community members who are going to work but are still struggling to survive, through a standardized methodology that assesses the cost of living in every county. ALICE is our neighbors, friends and family who may earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but still cannot afford the basic necessities for their family. Pittsburgh residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year. 

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