Tuesday, March 20, 2007

March Madness

Although many Tar Heel fans (including Robyn) are glued to this week's men's and women's NCAA basketball games, others are bringing attention to poverty in our community.

Through Poverty Awareness Week, students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are highlighting the reality of poverty in North Carolina. Did you know that:

  • 13 out of every 100 North Carolinians lives in poverty. That's nearly 1 million of our neighbors.
  • Nearly 200,000 children in North Carolina live in poverty.
  • Nearly 60% of families in poverty have at least parent working full-time.
  • Health care costs are the leading cause of bankruptcy.
  • Nearly one in four North Carolinians lives in substandard or unaffordable housing.

These numbers are true March Madness.