"For us, it's not a struggle with affordability it's a struggle with accessibility," says Bella Jackson, a board member for Just Economics of Western North Carolina, an Asheville-based nonprofit.
lives in Hillcrest with her
husband and two children, and says, "You can't just build housing and expect people to be middle-class.
Before we can get there, we've got to look at why things are the way they are."
For the past 17 years, Children First/Communities in Schools and the Junior League of Asheville
have hosted the annual Child Watch Tour to help community members understand, as Jackson
explains, why things are the way they are.
All we had was food stamps," Jackson
This is crucial, Jackson
says, because education can be the key out of the poverty cycle.