Charity group says many OC residents struggling

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Orange County may be known for Disneyland but a nonprofit group says many residents aren’t living in the Magic Kingdom.

The Orange County Community Foundation said Thursday that the county of 3 million south of Los Angeles has a reputation for affluence yet many residents face challenges in obtaining housing, education and health care.

The group, which provides grants to service providers, pulled statistics from various studies to paint a portrait of problems in the county.

The report, released on National Philanthropy Day, says one in three county residents lacks access to “essential health care services” and nearly half of third-graders don’t read at a proficient level.

The foundation says disparities between the county’s rich and poor are aggravated by the struggling economy and a rising cost of living.

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