The middle class is struggling according to a report recently released by the Pew Research Center. For the first time since World War II, the average income for middle class families actually decreased. One local indicator of the sign of the times is the number of families that are eligible to receive services from Sierra Nevada Children’s Services.
Executive Director, Dennis Fournier, notes that his organization has seen an increase of families in need and a decrease in available funds to provide support. As a result those about ready to move off the system are hurt the most.
Sierra Nevada Children’s Services provides child care assistance for families working to become self sufficient.
The PEW Report also states that over the past 10 years the gap between the middle class and the wealthy has widened along with the financial gap between young and old, and married and unmarried.