It’s Scary Out There
As Halloween approaches, ghouls, goblins and ghosts are among us. But what we might not realize is how scary things are, not just on All-Hallow’s Eve, but all year-round. Here are some scary statistics from right here in Palm Beach County:
- 184,312 Palm Beach County residents live below the poverty level.
- Of that, 17.1% are children.
- 37.1% of students in the county are eligible to participate in the Free Lunch Program under the National School Lunch Program.
- The county’s unemployment rate is 11.2%.
- 212,500 people in Palm Beach County are food insecure.
- Of that, 71,970 are children. That’s 1 in 4 children in the county who do not have access to affordable, healthy food.
- The Palm Beach County Point-in-Time Count in January 2011 identified that across Palm Beach County during a 24-hour time period, 3,228 individuals and families were homeless.
- Of that number, 1,080 individuals and families were reported to be “doubled-up.” Doubled-up is typically defined as an individual or family living in a housing unit with extended family, friends, and other nonrelatives due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason, but seeking permanent housing.
Do you have chills yet? We do.
So many families and individuals live in fear each day in Palm Beach County. Where will I sleep tonight? How will we pay rent this month? Will I ever find a job? Will my kids go to bed hungry again?
But we aren’t scared of a challenge. In fact, we rise to the occasion. You can too. To find out how you can help those living in fear throughout Palm Beach County, call 561-655-1919 or visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.