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Report: childhood poverty increasing in RI cities

April 2, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A new report says childhood poverty in Rhode Island is becoming increasingly concentrated in four cities as lingering economic problems take a toll on families.

The latest Rhode Island Kids Count report released Monday says more than 25 percent of children in Providence, Woonsocket, Central Falls and Pawtucket are living in poverty. The Providence Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/Heiofs) the new study shows that 44 percent of poor children in the four cities are living in "extreme" poverty with family incomes of $9,000 a year or less.

Kids Count is publicly releasing its 18th annual report on the state's children Monday morning.

The number of children receiving food stamps in the state increased 81 percent from 2005 to 2010, but less than two-thirds of children living in extreme poverty receive cash assistance.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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