Letters to the Editor

Let’s do more to help those in poverty in SLO County

A Grover Beach homeless camp was being cleared out along North 4th St. in April 2015.
A Grover Beach homeless camp was being cleared out along North 4th St. in April 2015. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

I am writing about a particular issue affecting our county of San Luis Obispo. You may already be aware of the poverty here in the county. I would like to show that here in San Luis Obispo County, there are women with income below the poverty level. Statistics bear out the figures in my research that women are more likely to be disadvantaged for being disabled. The poorest by family type are female, no husband present (Citydata.com).

What can we do about this?

These women usually have one or more children, so helping women is also helping children, the most vulnerable of our communities. If it is not in your power to help personally, and you see someone in need, help direct them to agencies that are available to provide help.

The county of San Luis Obispo’s website is a wonderful resource to turn to in directing individuals to aid in their fight against poverty (www.slocounty .ca.gov). I hope you can help! I know we all are limited in what we can do, but as a county, can we do a little more?

Wayne Mitchell, Morro Bay

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