Friday, July 12, 2013

Getting By: living between the poverty lines

A week-long exploration on the impact of poverty in 
Southern Arizona 

July 15th – 19th on AZ Illustrated, Arizona Week,
NPR 89.1 and on

Tucson Arts Brigade featured: Thursday, July 18th, at 6:30 p.m.
            Building community through the arts

Tucson, Arizona - July 10, 2013 – What does it mean to be poor? The U.S. Census reports that Tucson is the sixth poorest of the large U.S. cities with a poverty rate of 20.9 percent. Getting by means a lot of things to a lot of people, and doesn’t necessarily reflect a person’s income on the poverty scale, yet the two are linked.

In a week-long series Arizona Public Media will examine the impact of poverty in Southern Arizona. Included is a look at the challenges for people who are on the brink, or who are not getting by; what it means for children and long-term health; and opportunities and resources available to help people avoid or get out of poverty. The series will be broadcast the week of July 15th on PBS 6’s AZ Illustrated, Arizona Week, and on NPR 89.1.

All stories will be available on the Getting By: living between the poverty lines story collection page on

This special series features interviews with people struggling with poverty, as well as individuals and agencies in Southern Arizona that offer services to those in need of help, including the homeless population, families, veterans, and rural residents.

AZ Illustrated Metro and Science editions on Monday and Tuesday will be dedicated to Getting By: living between poverty lines series, as will Arizona Week on Friday. AZ Illustrated Nature and Art editions on Wednesday and Thursday, along with Arizona Spotlight on NPR 89.1 will also feature stories relating to poverty.

AZ Illustrated Metro on Monday, July 15th at 6:30 p.m. will feature the following stories:
            Vets without homes
            Local resources for the homeless
The UA School of Geography and Development’s new Master’s degree focused on combatting poverty worldwide

AZ Illustrated Science on Tuesday, July 16th, at 6:30 p.m. features:
            Mental health and poverty
            Poverty and telepsychiatry
            Mobile health & dental programs
AZ Illustrated Nature, Wednesday, July 17th, at 6:30 p.m.
            Connecting teens with their community through nature
            Opportunities for urban youths to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world

**AZ Illustrated Art, Thursday, July 18th, at 6:30 p.m.**
            Building community through the arts
            Getting by from a busker’s perspective

Arizona Week, Friday, July 19th at 8:30 p.m., will be dedicated to the growth of suburban poverty in Tucson and Phoenix. Host Michael Chihak presents a new research study about the alarming growth of suburban poverty in the two largest cities in Arizona.

Organizations featured in various news stories include:

St. Francis Cooling Center
H.O.P.E, Inc.