Did you know that in 2015, Ohio ranked 29th out of 50 states in regards to percentage of people who had incomes below the poverty line? In 2015, the population in Ohio was 11,295,340 and the number of people living in poverty was 1,674,415. For this discussion board, you will explore the role of poverty in everyday life, and consider how this might impact individuals of diverse backgrounds.
Use these resources in your discussion board:
The Ohio Poverty Report (opens as a PDF file)
Answer each of the following questions:
What city do you currently live in (or the closest city listed in the report)? Use the Ohio Poverty Report link above, and write down the city and the percentage of persons for whom poverty status was determined. Starting on page 71 of the report (pg 77 of the pdf itself), look under “Ratio of Income to Poverty Level – Under 150%. Does this number surprise you? Why or why not?
Go to SPENT and click on “Accept the Challenge”. First, “Find a Job” and then make decisions about how to spend your money. Your balance is at the top left-hand side of the page. How many days did you last? What decisions do you wish you would have done differently? Why?
How do you think race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability/disability, or socioeconomic status may change the way people get jobs or spend money, particularly in light of prejudice/discrimination in society. Pick one status above and discuss this in detail.
What are resources in each the city that you identified in question #1 that is available for individuals in poverty? Identify at least ONE organization, and give their website and mission here. Address how they specifically help individuals in poverty, particularly in your city (Google your zip code and “poverty resource” to start).
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