About 40 Percent Of Fresno County Children Living In Poverty
In a wide-ranging scorecard released by the nonprofit organization Children Now, Fresno County received two out of five stars for education, 2.5 stars for health and three stars for child welfare and economic well-being.
Fresno County's High Rates Of Concentrated Poverty For Children
Fresno County has more children living in communities of concentrated poverty than anywhere else in California. About 40 percent of Fresno County children live in poverty, according to a Children Now report being released Tuesday. The report tracks child welfare and well-being in part by the number of children who are not living in communities of concentrated poverty. That number is 53 percent in Fresno County, ranking it dead last in the state. Those numbers are worse for minority students, with 38 percent of Fresno County’s black children not living in communities of concentrated poverty, and 44 percent of Latino children not living in those communities. (Mays, 11/15)
In other news, Southern California has made dramatic strides in reducing veteran homelessness —
How Riverside County Reached 'Functional Zero' Veteran Homelessness
Homelessness continues to be a huge problem in Southern California, but Riverside County says that they've managed to reach "functional zero" veteran homelessness. As the 10th most populous county in the country, it's the largest county to hit this benchmark, Lynne Brockmeier with the Riverside University Health System's Behavioral Health Housing Crisis Response Team told KPCC. (Roe, 11/14)