Poverty in Williamsburg-James City County

Presentation by Charvalla West, United Way director of community impact, at the Jan. 17, 2019 meeting

Below are information resources:

  • Poverty in Our Community - Defining poverty as scarcity helps us understand its many impacts.  Charts show numbers of people who fall below the poverty line and those who are "A.L.I.C.E." -- asset-limited, income-constrained, employed people who cannot afford basic necessities yet are not eligible for public assistance.  Charvalla outlined the aspirations identified as pathways out of poverty, and listed 40 partner agencies working together to help needy folks in our community.

  • Test Yourself on Hidden Rules: Could you survive poverty? Middle class? Wealth?   How about relationships with people from another class? Charvalla shared a questionnaire that highlights survival traits and beliefs for folks in poverty, middle class and wealth -- illuminating attitudes and behaviors that might perplex folks who come from a different class.
  • Results from the A.L.I.C.E. study of financial hardship. Take a look at how much money it takes to afford basic household necessities in our community -- and at the working people who can't meet that threshold yet don't qualify for any government assistance.