CENTRAL ISLIP - A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau says that poverty rates are climbing across Long Island as household incomes are declining.
Santos Iglesias, of Central Islip, says that she is stuck in the middle between federal poverty guidelines and what she needs to take care of her family of four.
Iglesias works at a factory, making $8 an hour, but Suffolk County Department of Social Services turned her down for aid, saying she made too much money. She argues, however, that she doesn?t make enough money to care for her children.
The federal government says that the poverty line for a family of four is $23,000 a year, but local economists say that a more reasonable poverty line number for the area would be $38,000 to $40,000 a year.