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Report Shows 1 in 5 Families Lacks Adequate Income to Survive on Their Own

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The report shows that many families in the area are struggling to make ends meet The report shows that many families in the area are struggling to make ends meet
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

While the employment rate is looking bright for those in the Charlottesville area, a new report shows thousands of families are still in need.

The Orange Dot Report, which was released on Wednesday, October 3, shows that one in every five families doesn’t make enough money for things like childcare and transportation.

An initiative called Network2Work aims to connect people in the community with jobs that provide a living to adequately sustain a family.

“Our Network2Work program does just that,” Ridge Schuyler, the director of Network2Work, said. “It uses a political-style ground game of people who know everybody to whom we feed job information, and those people stop and think, ‘who do I know that'll be at that job,’ and when they identify that person, we then give them the training and the supports they need to get that job.”

The group says it has serviced its 500th job seeker, and more than half have jobs paying $25,000 or more.

The program is looking to expand because roughly 12,000 families are struggling.