“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937
As of 2016, 129 school-age children in our community were homeless, and this number is likely low considering many people don’t publicly identify their need for assistance.
Children sleeping on floors and/or going hungry is something that needs to be fixed. However, some will argue that the economic cost is a burden taxpayers should not have to bear. The truth is, we can’t afford not to address the issue of child poverty.
In 2015, child poverty cost our country more than $1 trillion, which represented 5.3% of our GDP. That figure could also be described as 28% of the $3.7 trillion federal budget that year.
In fact, studies show that for every dollar spent on child poverty, the country would save $7 in economic costs.
In Indiana this past year, we had a surplus of more than $100 million; however, the state still chooses to cut funding to child poverty programs and assistance. At the same time, we let our children sleep on the floors of DCS offices, quit school, and ride city buses in order to stay safe at night.
WE MUST help those in our communities who are forgotten. WE MUST invest in the organizations that provide the needed support and guidance to those in our state who are poor or homeless.
The LEAST WE can do is vote for candidates who will give a voice to the voiceless.
If you are interested in learning more about the organizations in our community working to address this issue or my own plans please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.