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Facts about Poverty

Perceptions vs. Reality

Myth: The poor do not work.

Reality: 60% of poor families have at least one worker.

Myth: Poor people are trapped in a cycle of poverty that few escape.

Reality: A significant proportion of Americans are poor at some point in their adult life.

Myth: The marjority of the poor are African American often living in inner cities.

Reality: Even though African Americans are overrepresented among the poor, they make up less than 25% of the population living in poverty.

Source: 2016 Poverty Guidelines

Source: Poverty in America: A Handbook, 3rd edition

Source: The Center for Community Solutions


Community Reports

Click here for a community report for Holmes County.

Click here for a community report for Wayne County.

2017 ALICE Report (click here)

Other Resources

Busted: America's Poverty Myths

Rural America at a Glance (2017)

Ted Talk Playlist: Quest to End Poverty