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October 28, 2011

It’s Scary Out There

by PBUnitedWay

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


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