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Poverty in the Valley

Silicon Valley is one of the most affluent areas in the United States, yet poverty runs deeper than one may think. In Santa Clara County, nearly 18.7% of our population cannot afford basic necessities each month without financial assistance (according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure). With the current income inequality, that number is quickly growing as more middle-class families are forced into poverty. Too many residents of Santa Clara struggle with the high costs of housing, transportation, and health care. Our community has a clear need for more jobs paying livable wages that enable people to build assets and savings for their children’s education, home ownership, and retirement. Children of families in poverty struggle in school, with many dropping out. Those who persist through high school often never make it through college. This is how the seeds are planted for the next generation of poverty.

With the growing income gap; that number is quickly growing as more middle-class families are forced into poverty. A significant number of residents in Santa Clara County must struggle with the high costs of food, housing, transportation, education, and health care.