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How Hard Is Poverty Hitting Your County?

May 24, 2012

Check out this online interactive map that tracks poverty rate changes from 2007 to 2010.
If you don’t have time, the text below is from the companion article that explains the outdated methods of measuring poverty, and offers some asset building policy suggestion. This is all part of Frecia’s asset building initiative at Hawai'i County!

How Hard Is Poverty Hitting Your County?
A map of changes in poverty, county by county.
By Andy Hull, Nick McClellan, and Troy K. Schneider
Posted Friday, May 18, 2012, at 9:00 AM ET

It’s hardly news that the Great Recession pushed millions of Americans into poverty. In 2010, “poverty” meant having an income of less than $22,113 for a family of four; 15.1 percent of Americans were below that line. As this map shows, some areas of the country fared worse than others between 2007 and 2010. While some counties saw their poverty rates increase only slightly, and some even saw them drop, the number of people under the poverty line in Oregon’s Malheur County doubled to nearly two-fifths of its population. And those “bright spots” that appear as dark blue? Look closer—a full 6-point improvement in South Dakota’s Ziebach County still left more than one-half its residents below the poverty line. And even the poverty rate itself understates the privation in the country.

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20th Annual Nā Pua No‘eau A Hawaiian Family afFair!

Feb 13, 2012

Click HERE for the registration form for the Na Pua No’eau Hawaiian Family afFair, which will be held on March 3rd at UH Hilo. The goal of the event is to provide a fun day focused on the education, health, and well-being of our island families. If you know of any organizations who share the goal of a safe and healthy community for all our families, please feel free to forward this along. Mahalo nui!

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Save the Date!

Feb 1, 2012

Come join us in Honoka'a for the next gathering of the Ho'owaiwai Network- Hawai'i Island. RSVP for the meeting here:

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Micronesian Economic Empowerment Workshop

Jan 23, 2012

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(Hawai'i Island) Ho'owaiwai Network Meeting- Hawai'i Island

Oct 12, 2011 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

You are invited to the Hawai'i Island gathering of the Ho'owaiwai Network on Wednesday, October 12th from 10am-1pm, with special guest- Jose Quinonez from Mission Asset Fund in California to talk about Resources Match, an exciting new opportunity that matches people with the resources available to them! Please CLICK HERE: for details and to register for this FREE event! We look forward to connecting with you! Some items we look forward to addressing are: -Children’s Savings Initiative & Continuum Of Youth Asset Building -ResourceMatch.Org – Intake, Referral, Connection, Tracking -Community Resource Centers -On-Going Network Support Infrastructure & Systems -Water Accessibility For Kupuna. -Intergenerational & Family Approach To Drug Abuse – Prescription Take Back Days

West Hawai'i Civic Center, Building G, Community Meeting Room 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy Kailua-Kona, HI

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HACBED Hosts Two Family & Community Asset-Building Workshops

Posted on 04/08/2011 @ 10:42 AM

Tags: Workshops, Community Practice, Policy

On April 8, HACBED hosted the HILO Family & Community Asset-Building Workshop at the Aupuni Center. This was a free workshop, to teach participants the basics of what asset building is, the guiding principles and concepts within a Native Hawaiian context, and successful local and national strategies and models for community practice and policy. Workshop exercises included mapping resources and partnerships and identifying and designing an asset-building approach that supports Native Hawaiian families and communities. Native Hawaiians and Native Hawaiian-serving organizations were encouraged to attend.

HACBED will host a second workshop, KAUAI Family & Community Asset-Building Workshop, at the Lihue Neighborhood Center from 9am-3pm. For registration and more information, visit the HACBED website at or call 808.550.2661.

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