Report: 1 in 4 Michigan Kids Now Lives in Poverty

PHOTO: Childhood is less fun and games and more of a struggle for nearly one-quarter of the state's kids, who are growing up in impoverished households, according to the 2015 Kids Count in Michigan report. Photo credit: gleangenie/morguefile. Nearly one-in-four Michigan children is growing up in poverty, an increase of 35 percent over the past six years, according to the latest Kids Count in Michigan report. The 2015 report finds that the economic recovery is not reaching the state’s youngest and most vulnerable residents. Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kids Count Michigan project director with the Michigan League for Public Policy, says despite unemployment being down, 35 percent of young children in the state now qualify for food assistance, and nearly half of Michigan school children now are eligible for free and reduced priced lunches.  Read More