An article this week in The Daily Local News discusses the issue of suburban poverty, a problem that is worsening for many families. Affordable housing is considered one of the main problems, according to the article. Also according to the article,
"Single-parent families are hardest hit. A single mother in Chester County with one infant preschool child needs to earn $69,613 yearly to be self-sufficient, according to the most recent survey performed by Pathways Pa., an organization whose goal is to keep low-income, vulnerable women together with their children. Self-sufficiency measures the real costs of meeting basic needs and is meant to assess the costs facing working-age, nondisabled and nonelderly households."