Poverty Facts

 

Why do we need poverty solutions?

ON A NATIONAL LEVEL

1 in 8 Americans is considered "officially poor." 33% of the U.S. poor are children.

  • As of 2016, more than 40 million people live below the poverty line in the United States. Of those, 13.3 million were children. **

IN MICHIGAN

Poverty in Flint and Detroit is three times higher than the national rate. 36% of the poor in these cities are children.


THE CHALLENGES

Despite the billions that government and charitable organizations spend on poverty, too little is known to effectively alleviate and prevent poverty.

  • Many families who are following the current path our nation has laid out for upward mobility are making no headway, and in some cases doing worse.

Much work and more knowledge is needed to effectively address these issues. Poverty Solutions focus on action-based research with community partners is helping to inform and test strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

Read more about poverty in the United States >

 

* SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of the Census
** SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of the Census, “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015”, Report P60, n. 256, Table B-2, pp. 50-55