Formerly known as East Las Vegas, the town of Whitney is just a 20 minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Not long ago, the area boasted a robust economy thanks to abundant jobs in Las Vegas, but during the recent economic downturn the tourism industry was hit hard and those jobs dried up. Especially for the 18.4% of adults without high school diplomas, making a living has never been harder. Since the early 2000’s, Whitney has seen its poverty rate climb by nearly 50%, while its population has more than doubled.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, in Whitney:
- 19.6% of households have an annual income of less than $25,000
- 21% of families with children live below the poverty line
- 18.4% of people over 25 never finished high school
- 81.2% of people over 25 don’t have a college degree
Family-to-Family’s community partner here is the Whitney Elementary School, where school officials witness the poverty their students face every day. An administrator tells us, “Most families have limited or no income at all. They live in government housing and 80% of the children are receiving free lunches. At our school, we try to provide clothes, shoes, and food to help the kids feel good about themselves, so they can learn.”
In Whitney, Family-to-Family partners with Albertson’s grocery store to provide groceries for our sponsored families.
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Click here to watch a CBS News piece about how families at Whitney Elementary School are struggling to overcome poverty.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2008-2012