On February 5th, at a U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee hearing, Our Future West Virginia's Amy Jo Hutchison gave a passionate testimony about the realities of poverty in America.

After her testimony, Congressman Meadows asked Amy Jo to define 3 ways that Americans could go from needing to use safety net programs (like SNAP, TANF, Medicaid and Chip) to having financial stability and independence. Now we want to know what YOU think!

Our time is now! We've been handed the power to influence policy that could affect thousands of lives. And those that would be affected must have their voices heard!

So tell us, what do you think is holding you back?

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* 1. How old are you?

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* 2. Where do you live?

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* 3. How many dependents do you have?

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* 4. Are you a single parent?

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* 5. Please clarify your status.

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* 6. What is your household income?

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* 7. How many different jobs contribute to this income?

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* 8. What is your BIGGEST obstacle to getting out of poverty?

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* 9. What are three (3) suggestions you have on how YOU could stop relying on government assistance (safety net) programs and become financially independent?

These suggestions could include new programs or laws implemented by the government, increased opportunities in your community, or simply anything that would help you overcome your obstacles.

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* 10. Would you like to get updates from Our Future West Virginia about statewide issues and how you can get involved? If yes, please insert your information below.

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