NJTV: As Poverty Rate Rises, Charities Full of Hard Luck Stories

NJTV News | September 18, 2012 | More Issues
At HomeFront, help for a fraction of NJ’s million residents living below the poverty level

The Census Bureau said last week nearly a million New Jerseyans — 11.4 percent of state residents — lived below the poverty level last year. In the third wealthiest state in the country, charity waiting rooms are full of hard luck stories of those who can and cannot work.

That’s been the case at HomeFront, a Mercer County charity. In a video on NJ Today, Poverty Rate in New Jersey Continues to Grow, NJTV, an NJ Spotlight partner, talks to some of the people from the Trenton area who come for food, clothing, furniture and cash.

Connie Mercer, who founded HomeFront 21 years ago, tells Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron: “Each and every day at Homefront, we see desperate families, desperate parents who are trying to make sure their children are safe and that they’re fed.”