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Poverty and Economic Stability

All children should have a chance to be successful adults. Unfortunately, there are a number of families who are not able to put food on the table.  

Poverty is a problem that impacts more than 1 in 7 Americans (14.5 percent of the population). The poverty rate is even higher for children, 19.9 percent of whom are living in poverty. There are also significant equity issues, with Black and Latino families facing significantly higher rates of both poverty and liquid asset poverty (being unable to survive at the federal poverty level for three months if they lost their income). Research shows that when families lack adequate income and assets, they face hardships including hunger, substandard housing and untreated illness. These hardships are especially harmful for children, who are more likely to experience long lasting negative outcomes in the areas of health, social and emotional development, educational attainment and employment.

CSSP’s anti-poverty policy work is multi-generational, focused on solutions for both young parents and their children. Developing creative anti-poverty approaches that include both traditional safety-net policy expansion and place-based anti-poverty policy is critical. Since families do not experience the issues related to poverty in isolation, CSSP is committed to work that creates a continuum of supports and services that meet the complex and intersecting needs of this vulnerable population.

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