BANKING : SOME TAKE IT FOR GRANTED
Poverty ties in with all kinds of social ills - low grades in
But poverty is about more than money. Poor people can't get at the
opportunities and services middle-class Americans take for granted.
So the poor often sink into a cycle of day-to-day survival, which
ensures that their children will be poor too.
In West Virginia, 360,000 people live below the poverty line, which
means they make less than $14,150 a year for a family of three. That means
one of every five West Virginians is poor, including a lot of people's
attendants. This year's Kids Count Databook compiled a list of
opportunities and services from which poor families are often excluded.
Inspired by the Kids Count report, five Gazette writers picked one topic
each - banking, transportation, computers, education and recreation - to
explore in coming weeks in the Gazette's Community section.
This week, staff writer Susan Williams explores the trials of working
people in search of a simple checking account.