1 in every 5 children on Long Island don’t have access to food all day. Millions of American children are in low-wage families with parents who work full-time but simply cannot earn enough to provide for basic family needs.
Provide a combination of tax credits and deductions, minimum wage increases, family allowances, subsidized health insurance, and child-care in order to guarantee that the household income of full-time, low-wage workers does not fall below the federal poverty level.
Improved school performance, lower child abuse rates, less crime and domestic violence, safer housing, healthier lifestyles, less substance abuse, lower prison rates, and numerous other improvements.
What is happening on Long Island:
The U.S. Census Bureau took a second stab at determining poverty levels for the nation. But a realistic crunch of the numbers specifically for Nassau and Suffolk counties is years away. That’s too bad, because, with the continuing strain on the middle class, th
e region can’t wait for numbers to craft a plan to deal with a growing crisis. Click here to read more.
What is happening Nationally:
*Data shows that not only are their millions of children who are entering poverty but that many are entering deep poverty, where household income is less than 50% of the poverty level. Click here to read more.
*Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau released Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010. The report includes national data based on the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC). Click here to read the out the key findings.
Organizations dealing with Poverty on Long Island: