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Poverty and Income

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Resources

2012 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Hunger Task Force: SPENT - Low Income Spending Simulation Game
Hunger Task Force serves more than 48,000 meals per month at our soup kitchens; helps more than 29,000 people receive emergency food at our pantries each month, and distributes nearly 9,000 Stockboxes a month to senior citizens in Milwaukee County. How do so many people need help? Put yourself in their shoes and find out! Play the online game SPENT to see what it is like to make hard, life-changing choices just to survive and feed your family. See if you can make it through the month!
Visit the SPENT! website.

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011
Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness
The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) is an independent nonprofit research organization based in New York City. Drawing on the talent of an experienced, professional research staff, the Institute produces action-oriented research designed to illuminate the complex issue of family homelessness, and inform and enhance public policy related to homeless families.
Visit the ICPH website.
Visit ICPH's National Survey of Programs and Services for Homeless Families: The Red, White, and Blue Book website.
Visit ICPH's Almanac of Family Homelessness website.

National Center for Children in Poverty
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) identifies and promotes strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and their families. It conducts and synthesizes relevant research to meet the needs of key audiences that work on issues affecting low-income families. NCCP also provides an extensive list of publications as well as demographic, state, and local information on child poverty in the U.S.
Visit the NCCP website.

National Center for Children in Poverty: 50-State Demographics Wizard
This webpage from the National Center for Children in Poverty provides statistical information about low-income children focusing on various areas of interest, including family income level; parental presence, education, employment, and marital status; the child's age and race-ethnicity; and family residential area and moves.
Visit the webpage.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
The mission of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, NLCHP pursues three main strategies: impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education. Visit NLCHP's website for valuable resources in the areas of housing, income, children and youth, civil rights, and domestic violence.
Visit the NLCHP website.

Poverty and Potential: Out-of-School Factors and School Success
This March 2009 brief by Dr. David C. Berliner of Arizona State University and supported by The Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice explores the role poverty plays in the achievement gap between lower income and middle income students and between racial and ethnic groups; the report concludes that poverty is, in fact, the major cause of the achievement gap.
Download the brief.

Poverty USA Tour
What's life like at the poverty line? It's one impossible choice after another—between food and medicine, getting to work or paying the heating bill. But there are ways out. Tour Poverty USA below and find out what life is like at the poverty line—and how you can help.
Take the poverty tour in English | Spanish .

Rural Children At A Glance
This study by the USDA's Economic Research Service provides compelling facts about rural child poverty.
Download the study .

Two Generations in Poverty: Status and Trends among Parents and Children in the United States, 2000-2010
This November 2011 brief from Child Trends examines recent poverty data and trends over the past decade through a two-generation lens. The brief draws on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and presents a sharpened two-generation lens on the poverty and low-income status of children and families in 2010, and on trends in poverty and low-income status among children and families during the first decade of the 21st century. In addition, it presents data on differences in poverty and low-income status across race and ethnic origin, age, family structure, gender, education, full-time employment status, and geography.
Download the brief.

Two Steps Back: City and Suburban Poverty Trends 1999-2005
This December 2006 report from The Brookings Institution provides an analysis of poverty in cities and suburbs of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on data from the 2005 American Community Survey and Census 2000.
View the report abstract.
Download the full report.

Understanding Recent Changes in Child Poverty
This report, published by the Urban Institute in August 2006, examines trends in child poverty in the United States over the last 10 years and analyzes the factors contributing to the trends.
View the abstract in HTML format.
Download the complete report in PDF format.

U.S. Census Bureau: Poverty
This portion of the U.S. Census Bureau website provides information about poverty in the United States, including poverty thresholds, methods for measuring poverty, and historical tables.
Visit the webpage.

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