REPORT: Nearly half of Louisiana residents can’t afford basic needs

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According to a recent ALICE Report for Louisiana by the Louisiana United Ways, 828,255 households (48%) cannot afford basic needs. This includes housing, childcare, food, transportation, health care, and technology.

This is happening in East Baton Rouge Parish and surrounding areas. The number of people who live in poverty reportedly increased after the floods in 2016.

“This research is important,” said George Bell, CEO of the Capital Area United Way. “We are making this information available to policy makers, to organizations, to non profit organizations, and we’re using it to frame a discussion.”

During a press conference Wednesday, Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome announced she and her administration through the “Employ BR-Program” will develop a master community workforce plan so residents can be financial stable in 2019.

Mayor Broome also announced employing the youth through a program during this upcoming summer.

“The Mayor Summer Youth Employment Program will give the youth ages 14 through 17 the opportunity to earn income while engaging valuable education and work experience,” said Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome.

Members with the Capital Area United Way are hosting a session to further discuss the new study on January 15 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m at 700 Laurel Street.

This is a public event.

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