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2014 CHN Census Data Summary Reports – MCA and WSCAP

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Summary Reports on 2014 Census Data

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HCN Reports - Michigan Community Action and Washington State Community Action Partnership

Michigan Community Action and the Washington State Community Action Partnership were partner organizations with HCN in their respective states.

Despite Progress, Too Many Michiganders Remain in Poverty: Summary Report on 2014 Census Data
New data released by the Census Bureau on September 17th show that poverty declined in Michigan from 17 percent in 2013 to 16.2 percent in 2014.  The child poverty rate also dropped to 22.6 percent, down from 23.8 percent in 2013.i Despite this welcome reduction, progress remains slow.  Nationally, the poverty rate fell slightly from 15.8 percent in 2013 to 15.5 percent in 2014.  However, even if poverty keeps declining at the current rate nationally – an extremely optimistic estimate – it would still take more than 25 years just to cut poverty in half across the U.S.  It would take even longer – nearly 35 years – to bring child poverty down to that same level - download full report for Michigan.

Despite Progress, Too Many Washingtonians Remain in Poverty: Investments in Human Needs Programs Needed, but Cuts Threaten Gains
New data released by the Census Bureau on September 17th show that poverty declined in Washington from 14.1 percent in 2013 to 13.2 percent in 2014.  The child poverty rate also dropped to 17.5 percent, down from 18.8 percent in 2013.  Despite this welcome reduction, progress remains slow.  Nationally, the poverty rate fell slightly from 15.8 percent in 2013 to 15.5 percent in 2014.  However, even if poverty keeps declining at the current rate nationally – an extremely optimistic estimate – it would still take more than 25 years just to cut poverty in half across the U.S.  It would take even longer – nearly 35 years – to bring child poverty down to that same level - download full report for Washington State.

HCN National Report on Census Poverty Data

Economic Growth Leaves the Poorest Americans Behind: At the Current Rate, it Would Take a Quarter Century to Cut Poverty in Half  presents an analysis of national data from the Census poverty data.

Reports in Additional States and Tools to Share the Data and Take Action Over Social Media

HCN has worked 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 September 17, 2015.  The reports, and related information highlight the devastating effects of wrongheaded policy decisions, like sequestration, and the need for additional investments in programs that help individuals and families escape poverty in each state.

CHN has created tools to share the data and take action over social media listed below by state.  Specifically, we urge organizations and individuals to target members of Congress in each state and contact local media.  CHN also offers assistance in writing letters to the editor or op-eds.

Reports have been released in the following states: CO, CT, IL, ME, MI, NV, NH, OH, PA, TN, WA, WI.  Social Media Toolkits are available for each of these states.

Reports are pending in the following states: AR (Oct. 15), FL (Dec. 12), KY (Oct. 22).

Congressional Delegation Twitter Handles are available for all of the above states plus Virginia.

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