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Latest census data finds Jasper County poverty dropping

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Poverty in Jasper County dropped in 2015 to 16 percent from 19.6 percent in 2014, according to recently released census data. Child poverty also has dropped to 22.6 percent from 25.2 percent in 2014 in the area.   Overall, Jasper County’s poverty rate is higher than the overall Missouri poverty rate of 14.8 percent in 2015.

Individuals are considered poor if resources they share with others in a household are not enough to meet their basic needs, according to the official census poverty measure. While poverty rate is an important snapshot, Economic Security Corporation believes it’s important to remember poverty is more than a number.

“Poverty is multi-dimensional and unique to each Missouri individual and family who experiences it,” Mr. John Joines, CEO of Economic Security Corporation said. “As a community, we must remember that poverty affects everyone. It impacts our children, our local economies, and our future.”

To combat the causes and conditions of poverty, Economic Security Corporation provides local, direct services to low-income Missourians in  Jasper County and is a Community Action catalyst.  Economic Security Corporation’s goal is to empower low-income individuals to achieve self-sufficiency, build partnerships through community relationships and community revitalization. Programs such as  Weatherization, Head Start and Transitional Housing for Homeless Families with Children are just a few of the poverty solutions that are working in our communities.  

Here is one solution that Economic Security Corporation uses as a poverty solution, Weatherization. Ms. Shirley’s house was built in 1880, and she has lived there for over 48 years. The house has been added onto and updated a little over the years. It was drafty, and the heating system had to work really hard to keep the place warm during the winter months. Our weatherization inspection revealed that her front and back doors, heating system, and air conditioner all needed replaced. She had very little insulation in the attic, and many of her windows needed glazed and were missing sash locks. Our weatherization team installed a new 35,000 BTU energy efficient propane console heating system, a new air conditioner, two new insulated steel doors, and 1,000 square feet of R-38 blown cellulose attic insulation. An ASHRAE fan was installed to remove pollutants and allergens from the air. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors were installed for safety. The team glazed several of her windows and installed sash locks to assure home security and reduce air infiltration where needed. Shirley is very happy with the work that was completed on her home. She said, “What was done sure saves on gas. The new heater doesn’t run as long, and we keep warm for less money (during the winter). The new doors are sure nice, too.” She also said, “The air conditioner didn’t kick on  as often over the summer. It didn’t run very long when it did kick on.” She concludes with, “We are very satisfied. Thank you very much!” We love it when our clients are happy, healthy, and saving money. By spending less money on electricity and propane, Shirley has the ability to live more comfortably.

Check out Economic Security Corporation’s additional success stories  on our website.

This is how Economic Security Corporation has helped people and change lives throughout the Agency’s more than 50-year history.

“We hope that this holiday season, our community makes a difference for those in need by,  you can help by being a part of the community,  provide time, treasure or talent to our agency.  Join us today! And be a part of the change.”  says Mr. Joines.

If you are interested in making a difference in someone’s life or the Newton County community, please contact us at 417-627-2014 and find out how you can be part of the solution.

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