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Johnson County community discusses causes of poverty in Iowa

Sixteen percent of working Iowa families are not able to meet basic needs, according to the Iowa Policy Project.

One Eastern Iowa County is trying to fix that by looking at how to reduce those rates. Today, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors held a public forum on what poverty looks like in the county.

The meeting hosted presentation from experts in the field, like the Iowa Women’s Foundation and United Way of Johnson County. Speakers explained what they have identified as possible causes of poverty in Iowa.

“We have lost 40% of our child care providers in the last five years,” said Executive Director of the Iowa Women’s Foundation, Dawn Oliver Wiand.

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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