Community Comes Together To Impact Poverty Rates

Lynchburg, VA- Recent studies show nearly a fourth of Lynchburg is living in poverty. Now Lynchburg's Human Services is planning to tackle it head-on.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a teaching program used all over the nation, and Lynchburg Human Services is adopting it, not only into their perspective, but they're sharing it with the entire region.

It's a community-wide approach to addressing the issues that come from poverty, like lack of food, housing, education, and medical care. But Human Services says it's not just about providing goods , like food, or assistance for electric bills; It's about teaching people how to break the cycle and leave poverty behind.

The 2012 Census bureau data shows 24% of adults and 29% of children are living in poverty in Lynchburg.

In Bedford - 11% of adults and 15% of children

Campbell County - 14% of adults and 19% of children

Amherst County - 15% of adults and 20% of children

And Appomattox - 17% of adults and 24% of children.

Human Services says they are working with Campbell County and Bedford County Department of Social Services to train people who came forward from the medical, business, education, law enforcement, and faith communities. They are waiting on funding and grants to move forward, but hope to begin 16 week training sessions soon.

If you'd like to know more you can contact them at 434-455- 5794