(Inland Empire) A new report, released in October 2010 by the Brooking Institute in Washington D.C., has identified the San Bernardino County-Ontario area as one of the nation’s fasting growing areas for suburban poverty. In just two years, 2007-2009, the Inland Empire has seen a staggering 31% increase in poverty. This increase places the region as the third highest rate in the nation, surpassing even Los Angeles County.
Earlier in the decade the Inland Empire experienced rapid growth of suburban development, but now many residents are facing a dramatic downturn due to the recession. Many families who were living in suburban communities are now facing serious financial difficulties and are no longer able to sufficiently support their basic needs.
Inland Empire United Way is deeply involved in assisting poverty-stricken children in the community, by partnering with local schools and teachers, distributing food for the hungry, by providing school supplies for homeless students, connecting struggling families with needed resources and providing funding to an entire network of nonprofits dedicated to assisting individuals and families in need.
If you or a loved one is in need of assistance, please call United Way’s free, 24-hour health and social service information and referral line by simply dialing 2-1-1 on any telephone.