Tag Archives: statistics

Ending Poverty: Is the Solution Just Paying Cash?

If we fail to continue to provide programs that address poverty, more people will end up living on our streets. It’s not as simple as a cash handout. We need to do more.

Legalize Pot, Increase Homelessness

It seems to me that, if every state legalized cannabis, then the incentive to migrate to another state would end.

Where is the Homeless Capital of America?

Which city actually deserves the inglorious distinction of “Homeless Capital of America”? Who is the winner of this human tragedy?… Sadly, the real losers here are the people struggling on our nation’s streets.

Can We Trust the Numbers, More or Less?

For the most visible homeless individuals, at least, the numbers seem to be trending down. More or less.

How Unaffordable Is Child Care for Low-Income Parents?

A bunch of things got me wondering about child care costs. How unaffordable are they for low-income parents who don’t have the benefit of subsidies? The annual survey reports by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies are the best source of data on affordability I’ve found. So I pulled figures from the latest report — most of them for 2009. Then did some calculations of my own — or more precisely, told Excel to do them. Here’s a summary of key results, plus some Google gleanings about impacts.

Charity Impossible: Do America’s Charities Need Rescuing?

Robert Irvine charges in like a bull in a fine dining establishment, except the restaurant in need of rescuing is not fine. In fact, typically it’s failing. His television show on Food Network, Restaurant: Impossible, showcases Irvine’s talent for reviving dying eateries with a change of interior, menu, branding and, of course, food. At the end of each episode, the nearly-shuttered restaurant becomes a successful, vibrant community eating space. Does the charity world need a similar hero?

How Many Poor People in America? Heritage Foundation Says Darn Few

Seems that the Heritage Foundation has dusted off some old rhetoric and shaped some new data to fit it. Thus it proclaims, much as it did in 2007, that “many of the 30 million Americans defined as ‘poor’ and in need of government assistance” are actually doing very nicely, thank you.

First, a word of clarification. The reference to 30 million is just sloppy blogging. The Foundation’s actual report says “over 30 million.” Technically accurate, but minimizing. The latest Census Bureau income and poverty report tell us that there were nearly 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009.

Homeless Counts Provide Bad Answer to Less Important Question

Homeless counts are the talk of the homeless services sector of late, which is fitting since data, and what to do with it, is the modern story arch of the philanthropic community in general. Data in the social sector is tricky. We face considerable barriers to collecting reliable information. There are those who rightly question […]

Poverty and Place – Poverty Statistics by State

Yesterday the United States Census Bureau released the results of the 2009 American Community Survey. The American Community Survey (ACS) is an annual survey that produces national projections to supplement the Decennial Census. The press release issued by the Census Bureau had the following to say about poverty in the 2009 report:

A Closer Look at the 14.3% 2009 Poverty Rate

Last Thursday the United States Census Bureau reported that the nation’s poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3 percent. While the overall poverty rate gives a general sense as to how the population as a whole is doing, it says little about the experience of individuals. Like any aggregated statistic, the national poverty rate is a […]