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Poverty Under A Microscope In N.H.

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Following up on our homelessness show yesterday, we’re looking at the broader issue of poverty in New Hampshire.  While the state has one of the nation’s lowest poverty rates, it doesn’t always do well on certain measures, like childhood poverty. We’re looking at the latest numbers, and some of the efforts to address the issue.


  • Mary Ann Cooney – associate commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Human Services Division.
  • Beth Mattingly – Director of Research on Vulnerable Families at the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH.
  • Shireen Tilley - State Program Director for the Corporation of National Community Service in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She oversees national service programs including AmeriCorps Vista, which supports anti-poverty efforts within communities.


  • Mike Coughlin – chief executive officer of the Tri-County Community Action Program, a multi-program agency that fights poverty through promoting self-sufficiency. The Tri-County CAP serves Coos, Carroll, and Grafton counties.
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