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Poverty and Progress:

The State of Being Poor in Pennsylvania and New Threats Ahead

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From CAAP News Update, October 23, 2017

The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania is excited to announce the release of our new poverty report that we put together in collaboration with the Coalition on Human Needs.  The report, called Poverty and Progress: The State of Being Poor in Pennsylvania and New Threats Ahead, is based on the latest U.S. Census data that was released in September.  Poverty and Progress gives a concise overview of the progress we have made in Pennsylvania in our efforts to reduce poverty...

Sustained economic gains and strong federal and state programs have led to welcome progress in the fight against poverty over the last several years.  Pennsylvania is finally seeing poverty rates approaching those from before the Great Recession.  This is good news.  But actions from Congress and the Trump administration threaten to weaken the very programs that contribute to this progress...

Poverty and Progress: The State of Being Poor in Pennsylvania and New Threats Ahead notes that over the years, anti-poverty programs have lifted two million Pennsylvanians, including 380,000 children, out of poverty between 2009 and 2012.  Examples: 200,000 were lifted out of poverty by Supplemental Security Income (SSI), 340,000 fewer were poor because of SNAP, and 130,000 escaped poverty because of housing subsidies...

Read more including recommended actions for Congress and President Trump: CAAP News Update, October 23, 2017
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