More children living in poverty, report finds

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Amy Reese has witnessed firsthand the problem of children living in poverty.

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Alecia Hall and her daughter Nora, 1, are seen at the Garden City Rescue Mission. Richmond County had a high poverty rate in 2007.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Alecia Hall and her daughter Nora, 1, are seen at the Garden City Rescue Mission. Richmond County had a high poverty rate in 2007.

And lately, from what she sees at her facility, she says things have been getting worse.

"It's increased definitely in the past six months," said Ms. Reese, the assistant director for women's and children's services at the Garden City Rescue Mission in Augusta. That uptick appears to be economy-based, she said.

"According to the phone calls we get, they say they just got evicted because they're unable to pay their rent," she said.

The continuing issue of children living in poverty in Georgia and South Carolina was highlighted in a Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday, with Georgia ranked 37th in the nation in that category and South Carolina 40th.

Among the local statistics, Richmond County had one of the highest rates of increase in child poverty , going from 15,509 children in 2006 to 17,683 in 2007. That's a nearly 5 percent increase.

Other counties say they're also seeing the trend.

Judy Steele, with Columbia County's Department of Family and Children Services, said Wednesday that the problem could be worse than what the Kids Count data show as it doesn't go through this year.

"It would probably be a little bit higher than what they've got from 2007 to now, especially with the economy the way it is. It's jumping up," she said.

Ms. Steele said that from August 2008 to May her office has seen a 25 percent increase in food stamp demand. Although she said having children isn't a requirement to get food stamps, most qualifying for them have children who live in poverty.

On the state level, the Kids Count report shows that the rate of children up to age 18 living in poverty in Georgia increased from 18 percent in 2000 to 20 percent in 2007.

South Carolina's increase was from 19 percent in 2000 to 21 percent in 2001.

The most recent Kids Count figure on the topic for Aiken County only goes through 2000, showing an increase of children living in poverty from 6,225 in 1990 to 7,114 in 2000.

In Columbia County, more recent Kids Count poverty numbers increased slightly from 2,417 in 2006 to 2,491 in 2007.

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Find county-by-county data at the Web site: datacenter.kidscount.org

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wribbs
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wribbs 07/30/09 - 05:54 am
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I thought the news media was

I thought the news media was only allowed to publish stories like this when a Republican was in office.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/30/09 - 06:49 am
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Funny who's laughing, they

Funny who's laughing, they publish stories like this year around every year, regardless of what party. In fact since Caesar, Pontius Pilate, Pharaoh, King David, King Solomon. In the modern day world they will continue to print these kind of articles even with the current president and all past presidents, congressmen, senators, govenors, city councilman, etc. Poverty has been around since the beginning. Try something else.

opiner
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opiner 07/30/09 - 07:09 am
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As long as the government

As long as the government continues to reward children for having children (Democrat voter breeding program) then the number of children living in poverty will continue to rise. Who's surprised with this story?

andywarhol
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andywarhol 07/30/09 - 07:16 am
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Opiner, I was thinking the

Opiner, I was thinking the same thing. First I agree, these young women know that they'll be assisted, to a point, if they get pregnant. Second, the number is misleading. How many of these "kids" are 16-18 years old that are homeless, because they are out running with thugs and doing drugs?

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heart_less 07/30/09 - 07:36 am
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Have any of ya'll been

Have any of ya'll been homeless, or near being homeless? If you have children, have you ever seen them hungry and know you can't do anything about it?

DonH
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DonH 07/30/09 - 08:13 am
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As long as high school kids

As long as high school kids think that free sex is OK, the poverty cycle will continue. This "baby daddy" concept that young women have is appalling. Education and a good job comes first to prepare a home for that baby, darling. Otherwise, the poverty cycle will certainly include you, too!

opiner
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opiner 07/30/09 - 08:39 am
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no heart less. In my most

no heart less. In my most desperate state (post having children) I was NEVER homeless or pennyless. It's called "preparation before production". Teach your children so they don't experience homelessness or hunger when responsible for those unable to care for themselves. In this country, there's NEVER a reason for not supporting yourself, just excuses.

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JustMe 07/30/09 - 02:22 pm
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Gee, and why are so many

Gee, and why are so many organizations and stars sending millions to Africa when we have this in our own back yard??? Plenty of people out of work due to the recesion who could use a hand to feed their families.

kiseta50
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kiseta50 07/30/09 - 06:27 pm
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heart less, I always said, if

heart less, I always said, if you cant feed them, do not have them, in these days nobody have to have children. After I found out how hard it was to raise my first one, I made sure that I did not bring more kids to this world for the day-care or walfare to raise them. Same thing with my child, when they had 2 kids, made sure they only have how many they can afford. This way the kids will be able to have education and good future.

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The Ode 07/30/09 - 09:05 pm
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I wonder where Nora Hall's

I wonder where Nora Hall's father and Alecia Hall's husband are? Stop having children you can't support! Why doesn't Congress spend their time and bloated budgets on something useful like sterilizing all mothers on public assistance and aborting all pregnancies to those on public assistance. That would cut healthcare costs and eliminate Medicaid. That would be some change we could believe in!

freespeach
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freespeach 07/30/09 - 11:11 pm
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Why bring attention to this
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Why bring attention to this problem? Can we get back to focusing on the really important issues, like the flag over there in South Carolina?

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