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. 

January 10, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the 2007 recession affected low-income families.

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    What federal actions Casey recommends to bolster workforce expansion for low-income workers.

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    What a two-generational approach to poverty reduction is and how it will help future generations.

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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