In the downtown area poverty effects the city a lot. It effects the property values and increase burden for a local government. It also lowers levels of property investment. According to Thomas Gabe from the Congressional research, the poverty rate went from 11% to 14.3% causing safety, jobs, health, and stability issues.
An average income of a St. Louis household is $52,343. The number to be considered poverty is $23,050. Most family’s that are poor don’t have health insurance and they end up paying for medical expenses with their food money.
Poverty and the poor has had a big impact on St. Louis they have gone so far as taking out all the benches in a local park because homeless people were sleeping on them. It has an effect on children also. Children in school may not be able to concentrate because they haven’t eaten since the last night and over 57,090 students in St. Louis are enrolled in the free lunch program.
A local pantry said that they served 3,980 people in April and by August the number was 5,956. They said that they will be expecting a lot more. Those serving the poor say the new numbers are no surprise. The lasting effects of long-term high unemployment is forcing people who do not typically ask for assistance to do so.