Visitors to the Green Mountain State might be surprised that poverty is a part of our landscape.
Our total population numbers about 626,000. Up to 70,000 are classified by the U.S. Census Bureau as living in poverty.
At the very least, by the bureau’s reckoning, one in every 10 Vermonters are barely scraping by.
Jan F. Demers, the executive director of Burlington-based nonprofit Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), describes the problem, and what she and others are doing to alleviate it.