Perez: People's Resource Center addresses growing suburban poverty
Last month, new information was released indicating that poverty in the Chicago region is now split right down the middle – 50 percent of the region’s poor population now lives in the suburbs. In fact, suburbs have experienced the greatest growth in poverty nationwide. From 1990 to 2011, Chicago’s poverty rate held steady, yet increased 57 percent in the suburbs.
At People’s Resource Center, we are addressing this changing landscape every day. Since 1975, People’s Resource Center has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County. With a team of more than 1,500 volunteers, we offer nutritious food and other basic necessities such as clothes and rent assistance for people facing tough times. We connect people with resources—education and tutoring, jobs, technology, art, a caring community—to create a future of hope and opportunity for all.
After the recession hit in 2008, we quickly saw the number of people coming to us for help increase by 50 percent.
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