The challenges in richmond are its crime and poverty

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The challenges in Richmond are its crime and poverty rates. Richmond over the past few years has seen its crime rate increase. In 2017 Richmond had 130 people shot, 601 violent crimes, 28 homicides, and 315 aggravated assaults (Rockett, 2017). Of those 130 shot 14 were children, and amongst those 14 children 4 were killed. With this many shootings within a year, it is challenging to ensure safety and keep school aged children out of dangerous environments. Richmond has the second highest poverty rate in the state of Virginia. During a study conducted last year the poverty rate was 24.6 percent, which was second to Lynchburg, VA (Kleiner, 2016). When it comes to children living in poverty Richmond has almost 300,000, which is 39 percent of the children, almost double the poverty rate for children across the state. Of the 300,000 children almost 100,000 are not insured leading to improper medical care (Kleiner, 2016). Improper medical care can lead to lack of focus in schools; missed opportunities for early intervention for preventative disease; and shorter life expectancy. As a social worker I would let the community know the challenges of crime and poverty are not going unnoticed. Richmond police are working to address the crime by holding forums to get input from community members to implement different strategies to lower the crime rate. To address poverty Richmond works with community agencies to provide resources on Medicaid and children lacking insurance are identified by schools, youth-serving organizations, and service providers. This information is then shared with local healthcare providers and insurance companies (Kleiner, 2016). References Department of Numbers. (n.d.). Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Kleiner, S. (2016, June 20). Richmond's 39 percent child poverty rate is more than twice that of all Virginia, according to study. Retrieved March 19, 2018, from - twice/article_81ddabbe-f84d-5ef0-aa35-d7a2aed3a19d.html Population of Richmond 2017. (2016, December 26). Retrieved March 26, 2018, from
Rockett, A. (2017, July 21). More than 130 people shot in Richmond. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from - as-violent/article_9221088c-3e4c-5ea4-81ff-325d7c839509.html REPLY QUOTE EMAIL AUTHOR Hide 5 replies 15 days ago Peri Ellis RE: Discussion - Week 5 COLLAPSE Richmond sounds like a diverse place to live. Poverty is definitely a concern. Perhaps the wealthier residents can donate to help the impoverished children. The fortune 500 companies can help fund a community center for the children to have a place to go with services after school. They can turn their wealth into an opportunity. The lack of health care is concerning, because children need regular health care to thrive. A community center can also help them avoid gang life and crime.

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