Media Advisory - Philadelphia Information on Overlooked and Undercounted Study (#media)

MEDIA ADVISORY - For Immediate Release - Request for Coverage
29 May 2009

PathWays PA to Hold a Forum on Latest Publication -
Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania

President/CEO of PathWays PA & Study Author to Discuss Findings,
32.7% of Philadelphians Earn Below Self-Sufficiency Standard

WHAT: Discussion of PathWays PA's latest publication:
Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania

WHO: Carol Goertzel - President/CEO of PathWays PA
Diana Pearce, PhD. - Author of Overlooked and Undercounted & Director of the Center for Women's Welfare, University of Washington School of Social Work

WHEN: Friday, May 29, 2009, 10 AM - 12 PM

WHERE: United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania,

7 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia

As the public and advocates alike continue to come to grips with the current economy and its effect on individuals and families, PathWays PA has published a study that shows how many are in need in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

Overlooked and Undercounted found that in Philadelphia, 32.7%, or 1 in 3 households, lack sufficient income to meet their basic needs. These basic needs include housing, child care, health care and food. With over 33,000 people in Philadelphia on the waitlist for adultBasic and another 4,370 waiting to receive child care subsidies, this presentation will discuss how additional educational and assistance opportunities are necessary to help those families that are indeed struggling to make ends meet.

One of the major findings of this study is the fact that education and job training can help all households move towards becoming self-sufficient. In Philadelphia, where two-thirds of adults do not possess the basic skills they need to succeed in higher education, compete for jobs and advance employment, this study shows the drastic need for more educational and job training opportunities. With a population of adults of which 22% do not have a high school diploma, Philadelphians need more education and training supports.

The forum event, expected to run from 10 AM until 12 PM, is open to the public. The speakers will be available for interviews before and after the event.


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