Poverty Awareness Month,


Why, in the United States of America,

would we be worried about POVERTY???

For January as Poverty Awareness Month, the USCCB offers a calendar with daily suggestions for ways to learn more about poverty in the U.S. and globally: 

For more information, resources, and opportunities to respond, visit PovertyUSA.org or PobrezaUSA.org.

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  • A greater percentage of Americans were in poverty last year and more lost their insurance coverage last year because if the recession, according to data released by the Census Bureau.
  • The poverty rate in 2008 was 13.2 percent, compared with 12.5 percent in 2007, and the number of Americans rose to 46.3 million from 45.7 million the previous year.
  • The poverty rate increase was the largest since 2004 and is at its highest level since 1998.
  • The median household income declined 3 percent—from $52,163 to $50,303—following three consecutive years of increases.
  • According to the report, there were 87.4 million people covered by Medicaid and Medicare last year, compared with 83 million in 2007. That figure has increased during each of the last eight years.

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