The United States Census Bureau recently released survey data on poverty levels in the United States for 2014. The data shows that overall 14.8% of the population in the United States in 2014 lived in poverty. For children under the age of 18 the poverty rate was 21.1%. Both of these numbers are similar to the 2013 data. As a point of reference the poverty level for a family of 2 is $15,930, and the poverty level for a family of 4 is $24,250.
As our economy continues to improve and as services are directed to those living in poverty we need to pay special attention to ensure that care is taken to helping families move out of poverty. Keeping families strong and helping them to become self-sufficient is a great way to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable children.