Population growth and the real estate boom in Greenville County is putting a disproportionate strain on low-income families.
While the recommended budget for housing is 30 percent of a family’s total income, 13,163 households in Greenville County spend more than half their income on rent or had no income to pay for rent.
The cost for a quality childcare program is like paying a second mortgage every month. Imagine trying to find a high-quality program that will support early childhood development when you’re already struggling to make ends meet.
Right now, more than two-thirds of students entering kindergarten in Greenville County aren’t prepared to learn at their grade level. If we don’t invest in our children, they’ll never be able to break the cycle and build a better life.
At least 60 percent of students in Greenville County Schools (more than 46,000 children) are experiencing poverty. It’s difficult to prepare for your future when meeting daily needs is a struggle.
Just 32 percent of Greenville County high school students are considered college and career ready when they graduate.
Transportation impacts almost every aspect of a person’s daily life: where they work, shop, go to school, access medical care and more.
In a 2015 survey, 22% of people in Greenville County said they had trouble getting to their job due to transportation and 21% had trouble getting to the grocery store or pharmacy. As gentrification pushes individuals further and further away from our city centers to access affordable housing, the problem is only increasing.
With our region on pace to add another 240,000 people by the year 2040, the time to act is now.
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