Beyond the statistics
REAL PEOPLE, REAL FAMILIES
Even when the economy is deemed stable, a family of three in Story County requires an income of more than $15 per hour to meet its basic needs for food, housing and utilities.
For these families, an unexpected medical bill or car repair can force them to choose between paying for food or rent.
These days, with unemployment hovering around 10 percent in the state of Iowa, many people have lost jobs, or experienced pay cuts and furloughs.
The number of families needing assistance, especially for the first time, continues to rise.
In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Good Neighbor provided rental and/or utility assistance to 345 households, including 928 individuals, in an effort to help them remain in their homes with needed utility services.
These households were located in nearly every community throughout Story County, with over one third residing outside of Ames.
Over 73% of those receiving rent/utility assistance had incomes at or below 100% of the federal poverty level.
During the same period, this agency provided 4,720 Healthy Food vouchers to 1,180 households and distributed 207 gas vouchers.