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Report States 58% of Ga Families Fear Eviction or Foreclosure


A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows many Georgia families are struggling with a wide range of issues including health concerns, food, income, mental health, and housing insecurity.

Tim Johnson is executive director of Family Connection-Communities in Schools Athens.

“That report states that 58% of adults with children in Georgia fear eviction or foreclosure due to pandemic-related income loss. That’s the highest percentage in the country. The report also quotes the Georgia Food Bank Executive Director saying we have the highest number of families going hungry that we’ve ever seen. Georgia has the second-highest percentage of parents without health insurance.” 

Johnson says residents who can help can reach out to the food bank and local agencies that help those in need.

The possibility of eviction is of particular concern to FC-CIS board member Daniel Epting.

“Evictions will happen in Clarke County, it is just a grim reality that we have to face, so how can we work together as a community to mitigate those damages? Thinking about the small child that has to walk out of their home, small things like backpacks, luggage, and boxes, will help families from losing everything.”   

The report is generated from data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, a weekly survey of Americans.

Visit aecf.org for more information.

See the full report here.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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