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Half in Ten Campaign Reports A Decrease in Poverty

Half in Ten Campaign

The Half in Ten Campaign reports the first significant decrease in poverty since 2006, and just the second decrease since 2000. The campaign, which seeks to cut the poverty rate in half in 10 years, measures poverty with 21 different indicators, including housing.

From their report:

The percentage of Americans with incomes below the poverty line — $18,552 per year for a family of three — declined from 15% to 14.5% from 2012 to 2013. For that same time period, the child poverty rate fell from 21.8% to 19.9%.

But even with the falling statistics, 27% of African American households, 24% of Latino households, and 21% of Asian households pay more than 50% of their income for housing. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) suggests households pay no more than 30% of household income for housing. (This is compared to 14% for Caucasian households.)

The campaign builds on the work of a 2007 task force sponsored by Center for American Progress.

You can read their report here.


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