Peace & Justice

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

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Poverty in Warren and Washington counties

A glimpse into poverty in Warren and Washington counties:

· 22 percent of children in Warren County are living in poverty;

· 21 percent of adults in Washington County have not completed a high school education;

· 11 percent of non-elderly residents in Warren County, and 13 percent in Washington County, lack health insurance; and

· more than 40 percent of households in Warren County pay more than 35 percent of their income for rent, which is considered unaffordable by the federal government.

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.