Without Government Interventions, Child Poverty Rate Would Nearly Double

Posted February 25, 2015, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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The Sup­ple­men­tal Pover­ty Mea­sure allows us to gauge the effec­tive­ness of gov­ern­ment pro­grams in alle­vi­at­ing eco­nom­ic hard­ship. The data show that with­out any gov­ern­ment inter­ven­tions, the child pover­ty rate would near­ly dou­ble from 18% to 33%. These pro­grams have reduced eco­nom­ic hard­ship for mil­lions of chil­dren. For exam­ple, tax cred­its (EITC and Child Tax Cred­it) alone have decreased the child pover­ty rate by near­ly one-third. Social Secu­ri­ty, SNAP and hous­ing sub­si­dies also have con­tributed to sig­nif­i­cant­ly few­er chil­dren liv­ing in poverty.

To learn more, check out the lat­est KIDS COUNT data snap­shot — Mea­sur­ing Access to Oppor­tu­ni­ty in the Unit­ed States — high­light­ing the val­ue of the Sup­ple­men­tal Pover­ty Measure.

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