Poverty Awareness

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January is Poverty Awareness Month

Help us raise awareness about poverty in America! Test your knowledge, access resources, and learn how Catholic Charities addresses poverty across the nation.

January is Poverty Awareness Month!

Help us raise awareness about poverty in America! Test your knowledge, access resources, and learn how Catholic Charities addresses poverty across the nation.

10 WAYS TO ADDRESS POVERTY

National Poverty Facts

What Poverty Looks Like in the United States

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017, out of 325.7 million people, 39.7 million people lived in poverty in the United States.  That means the poverty rate for 2017 was 12.3%.  This number is determined by the federal Government’s official poverty threshold, which in 2017 for a family of four is about $24,600.

In 2017, the median income for family households was $77,713,  while the median income for nonfamily households was $36,650.

Source: US Census Bureau; Income and Poverty in the United States: 2017

Children

In 2017, 17.5% of all children (12.8 million) lived in poverty.

That means nearly 1 in 5 children live in poverty.

Though the official census data gives seniors a 2017 poverty rate of only 9.2%, the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for expenses such as the rising costs of health care, raises the senior poverty rate to 14.1%.

The United States Department of Agriculture estimated that 11.8% of US households were food insecure in 2017.  This means that approximately 15 million households had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, in 2017, 553,742 people in the United States were homeless and 25% of the entire group were children.  83,170 individuals or 15% of the homeless population are chronically homeless, which means they often have a disability and have experienced homelessness for a year or longer.

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Download the social media toolkit and tag us @CCharitiesUSA with the hashtag #PovertyAwareness to help spread the word about the issue of Poverty in America. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Host a Poverty Simulation

One way to bring about awareness of poverty is to conduct a Poverty Simulation in your parish, school or community.

Learn more about how to host a poverty simulation


How Catholic Charities Reduces Poverty in America