The East Texas Human Needs Network, made up of several agencies and individuals, has interviewed more than 300 East Texas families to find out what placed them in poverty and what is keeping them there.
Today, more than 100 community members came together to review the data collected. Lack of education, transportation, and job training were just some of the factors these East Texans said contributed to their financial troubles.
"What really stands out is that a huge percentage of those who are living in poverty are living in extreme poverty, that they have multiple factors that are affecting lives. It's not just that they didn't have a high school education or that they didn't have health insurance, or that it's a single parent; it's a multitude of issues coming together and trapping them, trapping them in poverty and it's very, very difficult," said Christina Fulsom with the ETHNN.
She says now that they have collected this information, they will begin to create action teams who will come together in a collaborative effort to address these issues.