Report: Too Few Ohio Children in ‘Deep Poverty” Getting Help

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CLEVELAND (AP) – A new report finds that too few of Ohio’s children living in deep poverty are getting cash assistance.

The Cleveland-based Center for Community Solutions compared poverty and benefits data between 2005-2009 and 2010-2014.

The organization found a 5 percent decline in the average number of children enrolled in the Ohio Works First program, but a 17.5 percent increase in the number of Ohio children in deep poverty.

A family of three living in deep poverty has a monthly income of about $840.

The group’s report also found wide variations among Ohio’s 88 counties in the percentage of children getting cash assistance.

The organization’s president, John Corlett, says that seems to indicate the safety net programs are being administered differently at the local level.