Federal Poverty Line Doesn't Adequately Reflect Cost Of Living In America
Tina Miller, MA,CFLE stashed this in p2
Not sure how poor people can afford to live in cities:
The federal poverty line for a family of four was $23,283 last year, nearly one-quarter of what it takes to live in New York City and slightly more than one-third of what it takes to live in St. Louis, according a family budget calculator from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. In fact, EPI found that in 615 cities across the country it takes a total income at least twice the federal poverty line for any type of family with three children or fewer to afford basic expenses.
I think that they double and triple up as housemates and roommates with friends and family.
Sometimes even more than that.
Yes, I think that one way to get some financial relief is through the food stamp program.
There are a lot of Americans on food stamps now. More than 40 million.
That's well over 10%, right?
47 million Americans are on foodstamps:
That's 15 percent of the U.S. population.
Wow! That's amazing! Thanks!
You're welcome. Remember also that children are disproportionately affected.
Specifically, 23% of American children are living in poverty:
Yes, thanks for the reminder about the children-- I think I know what that's like....
To grow up in poverty?
Yes, I would say so. That, among other challenges as well.
What other challenges?
I really appreciate about how much you care about poverty and the children, etc.....
I care a lot. It feels like this population is under represented by our public servants.
Yes, I couldn't agree more. Just one reason I did my master's thesis on the Welfare Rights Movement.
It does seem like such a big problem that progress is very very hard to make.