Joint Statement from City-County Council President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice President John Barth on 2013 American Community Survey

September 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2014

Joint Statement from City-County Council President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice President John Barth on 2013 American Community Survey

Census information confirms families in Indianapolis continue to struggle

INDIANAPOLIS – City-County Council leadership issued the following statements today in response to the release of the 2013 American Community Survey for Indianapolis, which showed that one in five residents (21.5%) and nearly one in three children (30.4%) currently live below the poverty level:

“These disturbing numbers confirm what many across Indianapolis have felt for some time – it is harder than ever for families to make ends meet in this city. Worse yet, these numbers have been trending in the wrong direction for a number of years now.

As we come together as a city to discuss the root causes of violence in our community, we must take action to turn back the tide of poverty that has swept over too many neighborhoods in recent years. Only by doing so can we hope to truly bring about the changes that will make this a safe city once more.”

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