"Are cuts to social service agencies and education the right move as poverty increases in Northwest Indiana? What more can or should be done?"
These are the questions posed to readers of The Times of Northwest Indiana as a way of introducing the newspaper's 14-page special section called "The Price of Poverty."
The Times convened community leaders in their region in advance of doing the reporting. Editor Crista Zivanovic wrote, "Meeting earlier this year with representatives of organizations and agencies that help residents cope during hard times, it was evident The Times should take a detailed look at the issue of neighbors in need in our region." That detailed look included more than a dozen articles, profiles of families living in poverty, maps, and an interactive graphic that helps define and illustrate poverty in the state and its impact on people across the lifespan.
There's even a suggested reading list to spur debate and foster understanding, and a list of resources for people to access, food, utility assistance, health care and other services. Check out The Price of Poverty.
Photographer : John Luke | The Times of Northwest Indiana
As of January, Glen Ellis had been living and working at the Bakery House men’s shelter in Gary for nearly three years, struggling to find steady work.