A textile manufacturing job in North Carolina used to mean life long security. Not anymore. Families who pulled themselves from lower to middle class on the strength of one or more wage earners are finding themselves back where they started as textile mills close across the state. Thousands of textile workers are paying the price for a major shift in the global economy. Like many mill town families, the Murphs of Rowan County have had to make major adjustments since Pillowtex closed a year and a half ago. Leoneda Inge reports for our series North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty.
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What are the connections between poverty, mental illness and addiction? Does the stress of poverty drive people to seek escape in drugs? Or do mental illness and addiction place families in poverty, and keep them there? Producer Dawn Dreyer knows from experience that mental illness, like poverty and addiction, can span generations. Her desire to explore these relationships led her to a residential drug treatment center in Durham. For our series \”North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty\” she spent six weeks working with a group of women in a writing workshop at TROSA – Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers.
Tucked away in southern Moore County is a close knit community called Jackson Hamlet. Blacks started migrating there in the late 1800s looking for land, work, and a fresh start. Generations of those families helped build the popular golf resort town of Pinehurst just down the road. But as Pinehurst and other nearby mostly white towns flourish, Jackson Hamlet is deteriorating. It has no functioning sewer system, garbage pick up, or police protection. Even though Jackson Hamlet is rural, it is densly populated. Its landscape resembles the poverty of the urban poor. Now residents are organizing and demanding change in order to preserve what\’s left. As part of our series \”North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty,\” Leoneda Inge reports.
People living with HIV or AIDS in North Carolina have to be poorer than those in any other state to qualify for government help paying for their medications. And often they are poor — 70% of people with HIV in the South live below the federal poverty line. Many of them also struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. Treating their immune deficiencies can also mean assisting them with housing, transportation and relationships — not to mention helping to pay their bills. Our North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty continues with reporter James Todd\’s visit to three Raleigh residents who are managing their HIV infections without much money.
If you are poor one of the things you’re probably going to have a very hard time getting is dental care. Dental care is expensive. Prices are going up faster than inflation … and tens of millions of people, rich and poor alike, lack dental insurance. As part of our series “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty,” Emily Hanford reports on the problems facing people who don’t have insurance or the money to pay.