A look at poverty

While all injustices in our world are worth fighting for (i.e. hunger, child abuse, human trafficking, racism, & hate crimes), none can be resolved without first addressing the one factor holding all of them in place—poverty.

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A snapshot of poverty in brazos county

220,000

people live in Brazos County.

27%

live in extreme poverty.

58,000

go hungry each day.

12,000

children in BCS live displaced, without adequate care or nutrition.

The majority of families in poverty live with a

female head of household.

Brazos County is a haven for

families seeking refuge & work

from surrounding larger cities.

Bryan/College Station is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation—creating extreme economic & social imbalances.

(We do not have enough jobs to support our rapidly growing population)

Cost of living in Brazos County

1 adult + 1 child

$3,675.00/month
Full-time job at minimum wage

1 adult supporting 1 child

$1,160.00/month
-$2,515.00 to meet the basic needs of 1 adult + 1 child

How does Northway define poverty?

A person lacking the resources or relationships to enjoy a life of sustainable health in mind, body, and soul.

Why start with poverty?

At the most complex level, poverty is the result of a small percent of powerful people controlling the money, leaving a small percent of money available to the largest majority of people. At the most basic level, people need a job. Earning a wage is the opportunity to break harmful patterns of abuse and addiction. Without the hope of meeting basic survival needs, the poor will be less likely to thrive as leaders within their community. If we are to put an end to human violence, crime, and exploitation at large, there is no other place to start.

 

Did you know?

Any person(s) working a full time job at minimum wage will still be dependent upon government aid to meet their most basic human needs (shelter, food, clothing).

 

  • If you make $1800.00 or less per month = eligible for government food.
  • If you make $1770.00 or less per month = eligible for government housing.
  • If you make $980.00 or less per month = eligible for government health insurance.

Our greatest resource in the fight against poverty is the people who are poor. They are able, willing, and motivated for change. To learn from them, believe in them, and create opportunities for them to lead, is the solution we are looking for.

– Kasey Van Norman