Red Nose Day: Understanding Child Poverty in Humboldt County

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- It’s easy to imagine child poverty existing way beyond our own backyard, but in Humboldt County the statistics don’t lie.

According to the legal definition of homelessness, 1,046 children in Kindergarten through 12th grade are homeless. A number that is less surprising when you consider Humboldt County is among the top ten most expensive places to rent a home in the country. Wages aren’t high either. School officials say the vast majority of children who depend on free and reduced lunch programs on the North Coast (a staggering 56% in Humboldt County alone) have two working parents. The median family income here is $20,000 less than the state average.

So how can you help? Join in NBC in supporting children’s charities. Buy a Red Nose for $1 from a Walgreen’s near you, or visit the Red Nose Day webpage here to donate.