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Experts Brainstorm Ways To Lift Indiana Families Out of Poverty
Updated December 15, 2014 9:37 AM
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(UNDATED) - According to Melissa Fry, head of Applied Research and Eduction Center at Indiana University, 22 percent of Indiana's children are poor, and the problem is even greater in the southern part of the state.

On Monday, those who advocate for children discussed approaches to help lift Indiana families out of poverty.

Fry says after declining in the previous decade, poverty in Southern Indiana rose nearly 60 percent from 2000 to 2010.
She says their research also showed a growing trend of concentration of poverty.

Fry says despite the high poverty rates, there is a strong working population in Southern Indiana, but many people work for low wages and at multiple jobs to make ends meet.

Fry shared data and discussed approaches to reduce poverty with community leaders, educators, counselors and others who work with children at a luncheon Monday at Indiana University Southeast.

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