Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Poverty in Otsego County

A glimpse into poverty in Otsego County:
· 30 percent of Oneonta residents are living in poverty;
· 14.1 percent of non-elderly residents of Otsego County lack health insurance;
· More than a third of households in Otsego County pay more than 35 percent of their income on rent, which the federal government defines as unaffordable; and
· A taxi ride from a rural area to Oneonta can cost up to $60 for anyone without a car and in need of medical care or other services.
Catholic Charities encourages parishioners to call on legislators to address the needs of struggling constituents.

This blog is participating in Blog Action Day, an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. The aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion: this year the issue is poverty. Between now and October 15, we will be posting about poverty in our diocese, with material provided by Catholic Charities in its report Poverty in the Diocese of Albany: A Threat to the Common Good. The report, and additional information, is available here.