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Struggling to make ends meet in Delaware County

For decades, Delaware County has been the wealthiest and fastest-growing county in Ohio, but, even today, more than 11% of Delaware County residents - 24,000 people - struggle to make ends meet. By shopping at Common Ground for their material needs, folks redirect income to other essential expenses like housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, and healthcare.

Due to lack of affordable housing, many are homeless, living with family, or in transitional housing waiting for affordable housing opportunities. Of the folks who do have housing, 22% of homeowners and 44% of renters are cost-burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Rental units for low-income residents are practically non-existent, with rent for the smallest available apartments approaching $1,000.00 per month.

More than 16,000 Delaware County households have employment but live on strained incomes with limited assets. About 4,200 of those households have at least one member 55 years old or older, including approximately 6,200 of our senior neighbors. Food prices increased by 10% and energy prices by 35% in the past year, with inflation reaching 8.6%. Prices continue to rise at levels not seen in four decades while household income remains stagnant and, in many cases, insufficient to make ends meet. 

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  • United Way of Delaware County

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