I was off this week so just a short post today. I’ll resume regular posts next Friday.
Below is a list of some of the groups working every day to eradicate poverty. It’s by no means exhaustive, but I encourage you to check them out and get involved. These groups and others are doing their best to generate the kind of popular and political will that helped reduce poverty by 43 percent between 1964–1973.
Finally, a personal thanks: this blog has now been running for three months and reader participation has been fantastic. Your comments have been invaluable, whether critical or supportive of the ideas expressed in the posts. I hope this will continue to be a space where you can find ways to get involved, voice your ideas about poverty and engage in respectful debate.
US poverty (less than $22,314 for a family of four): 46 million people, 15.1 percent of population.
Number of US children in low-income families (less than $44,700 for family of four): 31.9 million.
Deep poverty (less than $11,157 for a family of four): 20.5 million people, 6.7 percent of population.
Increase in deep poverty, 1976–2010: doubled—3.3 percent of population to 6.7 percent.
Poverty rate for people in single mother families: 42 percent.
Increase in number of Americans in poverty, 2006-2010: 27 percent.
Increase in US population, 2006-2010: 3.3 percent.
Impact of public policy, 2010: without government assistance, poverty would have been twice as high—nearly 30 percent of population.
Impact of public policy, 1964–1973: poverty rate fell by 43 percent.
Number of Americans “deep poor,” “poor” or “near poor”: 100 million, or 1 in 3.
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