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Poverty In Washington

Steve Scher
09/22/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

The number of Americans living below the poverty line is the highest it's been since the early 1990s, according to the latest census data. How are people in the Puget Sound region faring? Which communities are hardest hit? Do the census numbers provide an accurate portrayal of the situation? Today, we look at the poverty in our own neighborhoods.


Jeff Wendland is the director of employment training and citizenship services for Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

Marcy Bowers, director of Solid Ground's Statewide Poverty Action Network.

Marcia Meyers is a professor of social work and public affairs and director of the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington.

Ben Danielson, medical director at Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, a clinic in Seattle's central area providing medical, dental and mental health services.

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