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The Need in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is the second wealthiest county in Pennsylvania, yet poverty exists and persists for many of our neighbors.

Sitting just outside Philadelphia, Montgomery County is home to more than 800,000 people, a population larger than Wyoming, North Dakota or Alaska. Our 483 square miles include urban, suburban and rural areas.

We are home to Valley Forge National Park and dozens of nature trails, bountiful farms, picturesque towns and generous communities. The county is the healthiest in the commonwealth in terms of health factors. (County Health Rankings, 2018)

We are the 2nd wealthiest county in Pennsylvania (County Health Rankings, 2018) and one of the wealthiest in the nation. (census.gov, 2016)

Yet our wealth masks existing needs.

  • More than 60% of the population experiences poverty on a regular basis (census.gov, 2018)
  • 50,000+ residents receive SNAP benefits to help them get enough to eat (Coalition Against Hunger, 2018)

And the cost of living is high.

Montgomery County residents must make at least $50,640 a year to afford a two bedroom apartment at fair market value. That equals $24.35/hour, higher than both the state ($19.53) and national ($22.10) averages. 

Montgomery County's Safety Net

The county's safety net system is made up of a variety of nonprofits and programs run by the county government. They assist people in crisis to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Therefore, we will spend the next 10 years to ensure that the county's safety net is as strong and resilient as it can be.

 

Resiliency Initiative

We are investing in a 10-year effort to improve the resiliency of Montgomery County's safety net system. Thousands of county residents access the safety net system, but decreases in public funding have made the system financially fragile. We aim to find ways to strengthen the safety net to help it weather future financial uncertainty.