The federal poverty level for a family of four is $24,250.
The federal poverty level for a family of four is $24,250.

Snapshot of Need in Brevard

14,189 families with kids
struggle to make ends meet

According to the ALICE study in Brevard we have:

44,899 - total families with children
6,605  - of those families live below the poverty level and an additional
7,584 - families don't earn enough to support a bare-minimum household budget

That's 14,189 families with children (31.6%) struggling right here in Brevard. 

The acronym ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents those in our community who work hard and are above the poverty line, but due to high costs and factors often beyond their control, live paycheck to paycheck.  For many, a small emergency can quickly become a major financial crisis.  A car repair or health care emergency can plunge these working families over the edge into poverty and financial crisis.

The federal poverty level for a family of four is $24,250.
A family of four in Brevard would need to earn $51,312 to be able to afford bare-minimum Household Survival budget.

However, the median household income in Brevard County is $50,416.

ELC currently serves 3,400 children at an average cost $4,335.
ELC currently serves 3,400 children at an average cost $4,335.

Childcare in Brevard

600 kids on the wait list

According to Early Learning Coalition there are currently over 600 families on the wait list to receive child care subsidies.

Did you know?
The average cost for childcare in Brevard is over $11,000 a year - or 22% of our median household income.  That means working class families have to figure out a way to pay the equivalent of private-school tuition just so mom and dad can go to work.  (And this far exceeds what a single working mother making minimum wage could afford. Brevard has over 4,000 single working moms!) 

Additional Need
Locally, there are 7,584 families struggling to earn enough money for a bare-minimum household budget.  Most of this group according to the ELC, make just enough not to qualify for services.  But they don’t make enough to really make ends meet.  Sometimes just ten cents an hour pushes a family out of subsidized childcare.  Families are forced to make tough decisions like not accepting a raise because it disqualifies them from services. This is especially true when the raise won’t cover the additional cost of childcare they would then incur.  But with additional local funding, the ELC could help.   

 

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Child Well-Being

9,246 children at risk

When tensions are high at home, we see children suffer the most.  The resulting emotional and behavioral issues can throw a family into crisis.  Here in Brevard:

6,676 reports of abuse

484 verified cases of child abuse in children ages 5 to 11 years old
563 children entering out of home care
419 children receiving in home services (2/28/2018)
712 children receiving out of home care services (2/28/2018)

1,884 arrests of children 10 to 17 years of age (all offenses)

101 children age 1 to 5 years old receiving mental health services

578 children listed at seriously emotionally disturbed

7 suicides during the school year in children ages 12 to 18

Sources:
Department of Children & Families
Child Abuse
Arrest Data
Mental Health
Additional Mental Health

Additional Data Links:

Florida KIDS COUNT informs Floridians and policy makers about the quality of life for Florida's children, and builds leadership and accountability for action on behalf of our children. Click here to see the data. 

KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of data on children and families. Each year, the Foundation produces a comprehensive report that assesses child well-being in the United States. The indicators are available here.

The Council on Homelessness recommended actions to reduce homelessness, as well as data concerning those persons currently experiencing homelessness in Florida.  Click here to read their report.

Read about our school children who are homeless. Check out the story on FLORIDA TODAY.