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NATIONAL POVERTY FACTS:

Homelessness

  • According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, in 2018, 552,830 people in the United States were homeless and 36,361 of the group were children. 88,640 individuals or 16% of the homeless population are chronically homeless, which means they often have a disability and have experienced homelessness for a year or longer.  Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness

Food Insecurity

  • An estimated 11.1% of U.S. households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2018, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.  Source: Household Food Security in the United States in 2018, ERR-270, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Children

  • In 2018, 16.2% of all children (11.9 million) lived in poverty. That means nearly 1 in 6 children live in poverty. People under the age of 18 represented 22.6% of the total population in 2018 and 31.1% of the people in povertySource: The U.S. Census Bureau: Income and Poverty in the United States 2018; U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2018-2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplements

Seniors

  • Though the official census data gives seniors a 2018 poverty rate of only 9.23%, the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for expenses such as the rising costs of health care, raises the senior poverty rate to 13.6%.  Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplement

 

10 WAYS TO ADDRESS POVERTY

1.  Educate yourself about poverty in your community and in the United States.

2.  Identify an issue (such as affordable housing, integrated health, nutrition, disaster operations) you are passionate about and can take action on.

3.  Familiarize yourself with legislation and policy proposals that impact low-income families and individuals.

4.  Reach out to those living in poverty in your community by participating in parish and community activities and service.

5.  Identify existing resources or groups working on your issue in your community.

6.   Pray for those whose lives are impacted by poverty. Download Prayer

7.  Share what you have learned with others in your community and encourage them to take action too. Share this information on your social media pages!

8.  Let your voice be heard by involving yourself in advocacy activities at the local, state and national levels.

9.  Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities in your community. Find a Catholic Charities agency near you

10 .  Support Catholic Charities’ efforts. Donate Now

 

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