Report shows 2 out of 5 Malheur children live in poverty

Malheur County posts the second highest rate of child poverty in the state.

Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE — Two out of five children in Malheur County continue to live in poverty, according to a new report, and a decisive solution to the local challenge remains elusive.

The level of poverty in the county is the second worst in the state, and far higher than the state average.

The report by Portland-based Children First for Oregon showed a 38 percent childhood poverty rate for those 18 and under a total of 2,891 children. The rate is fractionally lower than last year.

The state average is 21 percent.

The report reviewed five categories in Malheur County – health, child welfare, financial stability, early childhood education and youth development and . . .