New data released by the federal government this week shows California has the nation’s highest poverty rate despite widespread efforts to cut down on homelessness and soaring rent prices throughout the region.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the Census Bureau posted stunning figures Wednesday that revealed 19% of California residents were living below the poverty line and were “struggling to get by.”
“Although California has a vigorous economy and a number of safety net programs to aid needy residents, it’s often not enough to forestall economic hardship for one out of every five residents, the data show,” writes the Bee.
“We do have a housing crisis in many parts of the state and our poverty rate is highest in Los Angeles County,” said Caroline Danielson, policy director at the Public Policy Institute of California.
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