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Supplemental Poverty Measure

Looking at Today's Child Poverty Rates: Are We Using the Right Measure?

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's new Data Snapshot Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States documents how safety net programs help millions of families meet their children's basic needs.

When "at First glance" Deserves a Second Look

Ellie Hollander | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Ellie Hollander

This particular measure, which usually takes a back seat to the official poverty rate in the news and media reports, paints a far more realistic portrait of what seniors in America are really experiencing.

Seniors Remain on Frontline in War on Poverty

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

There are approximately 6.5 million people age 65 and over living in poverty in America today -- a number that is too high and, unfortunately, only growing.

The Poorest State In America Revealed

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.16.2012 | San Francisco

California has a poverty rate of 23.5 percent, the highest of any state in the country, according to figures released this week by the United States C...

Poverty 2.0

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

End-of-year news stories about holiday spending happily reported on the unexpectedly high totals many Americans spent -- or put on credit -- this year. But for millions of families there was another story.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 12.01.2011 | Impact
Sarah Burd-Sharps

The SPM takes a broader, far more illuminating view of poverty than the traditional poverty measure does. But at the end of the day, a broader definition of poverty is still needed.

Alternative Poverty Measure More Accurately Identifies Who Is Poor in the United States

David Henderson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
David Henderson

Any way you look at it, whether there are 46 million or 49.1 million poor in the U.S., there is an unacceptable level of human suffering in our country.

Criticisms of an Improved Poverty Measure Go from Spin to Soap

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

My colleague Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, penned the following piece. -- Mike You don't need to be a...

Changing the Federal Poverty Measure...or Not

Diana M. Pearce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diana M. Pearce

An accurate measure must be created that truly reflects the 21st century realities facing the working poor. Only then can we hope to find who, where and why we still have poverty in the world's richest nation.