What’s the State of Poverty in Your State?
Last week, CHN released a national report, New Census Data Confirm Millions Are Still Being Left Behind, on the state of poverty in the U.S. This week, we’ve been busy working with partner organizations in nearly 20 states to prepare and release state reports using the data from the American Community Survey published by the Census Bureau on Sept. 18. Several of our state partner organizations released their reports this week and have been doing great things to get the word out about poverty, the devastating effects of wrongheaded policy decisions (like the sequester), and the need for additional investments in policies that help people stay out of poverty (like the Earned Income Tax Credit and housing assistance vouchers) in their states. Here are just a few of the things they have been doing around the country:
The Delaware Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action promoted the release of their report on their website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. They will be using the data in their fight for the rights of low wage workers throughout the state.
— Delaware ADA (@DelawareADA) September 24, 2014
Every Child Matters in New Hampshire released their report at their Step Up for Kids event. Staff from the New Hampshire state delegation who were at the event received their report. It was also highlighted in their weekly newsletter, which is sent to thousands of Granite Staters and posted on their website.
Their neighbors to the north, Every Child Matters in Maine, released their report yesterday at a meeting with early childhood providers and will highlight it at their Step Up for Kids event today. It will also go out to thousands of Mainers via their weekly newsletter, which is also posted on their website.
Hot off the press! LHA releases report on LA poverty with @CoaltiononHN- LA has the third highest state poverty rate http://t.co/bmYzijrUDz
— LA Housing Alliance (@alliancela) September 24, 2014
Our state partners will also be sharing their reports with the local offices of their Members of Congress to point to the reality of poverty in their home states.
Back in DC, the CHN team participated in a Twitter chat with MomsRising, PolicyLink, and many others (including state partner the Louisiana Housing Alliance) to discuss the impact of poverty, racial inequity, and more on health outcomes.
Several other state partners will be releasing their reports next week, so stay tuned for more information about all the great work they’re doing. For more resources, news, and analysis, check out our 2013 Census and Poverty Data resource page.