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Study Finds Prince George’s County Has Highest Suburban Poverty Rate

Prince George's County Council roundup.

Researchers from the Greater Washington Research at Brookings, a D.C.-based policy think tank, presented the Prince George’s County Council Tuesday with results of a regional study that showed more than 7 percent of Prince George’s County residents were living in poverty, the most of any Washington-area suburb.

 Elizabeth Kneebone, a researcher at the institute, which released the study of poverty based on 2009 statistics, said that a stronger labor market in the county is needed to help fight poverty.

 “Labor markets are regional,” she said.  “We need to think about this on the regional level.”

 County Council member Andrea Harrison (D-Dist. 5) of Springdale said the county already knew most of the information shown during the presentation but stressed that there needs to be more done to equip non-profits in the county that provide social services.

 A coalition of representatives from social service agencies and area non-profits made that case at the meeting, stressing the need for greater funding to meet increased demands.

 County Executive Makes Move To Extend Military Benefits

 In other business Tuesday, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) sought the  council’s approval on a resolution to extend military leave and health benefits for county employees ordered to active duty in the National Guard or Reserves.

 The resolution would require the council to amend the county’s official salary plan.

pgcoresident February 23, 2011 at 07:10 PM
and not all christians are against gay marriage.. this is totally off topic.
ann m February 25, 2011 at 06:49 AM
I'm a Christian and I have no idea what you people are talking about. This is probably why we can't address the subject matter. We're not on topic! I live inside the Beltway and there are no jobs here. We are treated like an extension of northeast or southeast DC. We have quite a large Hispanic population and also a highly transient population. Those who represent us don't respond to inquiries nor do I see them at events interacting with the community. Letters and emails get a curt little answer, like we don' t matter. We need jobs, not social services. And by the way, I have been unemployed more than once and there are NO services in PG for people who are unemployed. No medical care, no funding for training (I was told that if I lived in DC and received unemployment, I could get funds, however, when I asked in PG, I was told that I would have to pay for training!!! No job, how does one pay?); no assistance for food (need some kids or have to be 65), no assistance for paying mortgage or rent; that One Stop Center is a joke. I could go on and on, but I feel I really need to move to DC or Montgomery County (if I could sell my house), so I could get some help to get back on my feet. If there are some charitable organizations training people, giving decent food to tide you over, or assisting with utilities and rent/mortgage, please list them here so we may take advantage of their services.
Joe Murchison February 25, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Ann, you are totally on topic. One excellent job-training program I know of is Jubilee Jobs (www.jubileejobs.org). It's in D.C.
Heather Hills February 25, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Are you serious? Stop expecting help and help yourself! There are no jobs inside the Beltway? I humbly disagree, jobs are everywhere - one only needs to look. Just a few include University of Maryland, MNCCPC, PG Hospital, PGCC, IRS, Bethesda Naval Hostiptal, Walter Reed, NIH, and just on the border of the Beltway are NASA and Andrews AFB. In addition there are thousands of service industries that support these employers. It makes me sick when I hear people say there are no jobs or you need help to find a job. No one has any reason to be unemployed for a single day in this region. Stop asking the government and your neighbors for help ($$$) when it is clearly obvious the answer is sitting just outside your front door. Other regions in the United States dream about a job market as plentiful as "inside the beltway".
RVN6768 February 26, 2011 at 10:41 AM
Whenever I hear stories like Ann's, I wonder what talent/experience she brings to an employer. Does she have a degree? What is her employment history? Why did she leave her last job? Business people are not in the market to train you. They are in the market for talented people to make their organization successful. If you are a failure in life, why would a business want to take on your problems?

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