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Economy makes it difficult for all

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‘Working poor’ struggle to meet basic needs

By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

According to the Working Poor Families Project, a large number of poor families in Kentucky work, yet remain in poverty.

The report states “these are families who ‘play by the rules’ by working and contributing to the productivity and prosperity of Kentucky but who struggle day to day to meet their most basic needs.”

Earlene Ellis of Jericho can relate.

Ellis started a commercial and residential painting business, Ellis Painting, four years ago. In November, she carved out a good living for herself. “Last summer I was extremely busy from daylight to dusk,” Ellis said, “and if the house was empty we’d paint until the middle of the night.”

That changed last fall.

According to the Working Poor Families Project, a large number of poor families in Kentucky work, yet remain in poverty.

The report states “these are families who ‘play by the rules’ by working and contributing to the productivity and prosperity of Kentucky but who struggle day to day to meet their most basic needs.”