Reduce Poverty and Promote Opportunity

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Issue Brief

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 10, 2009

Summary

Poverty is a concern not only for individuals and families, but for the economy as a whole. For more than 15 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has partnered with policy leaders to confront the problem of child and family poverty. Casey’s Congressional call-to-action in this 2009 report recommends several changes that promote proven practices in creating economic opportunity for our most vulnerable families. 

Key Takeaway

More than 37 million people lived below the official poverty level of $21,203 for a family of four.

More than 37 million people, including 13.3 million children, lived below the official poverty level of $21,203 for a family of four at the time of this report. The success of Casey's policy agenda hinges on fostering a broad-based, common sense consensus across ideological and partisan lines.

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