Posts Tagged ‘extreme poverty’

32% of persistently impoverished children stay poor into adulthood

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Children born into poverty are more likely to have negative outcomes and remain in poverty into early adulthood, according to a study released by the Urban Institute.

Nearly half of kids born into poverty will remain persistently poor throughout childhood, meaning they spend at least half of their childhood at or below the poverty line.

And 32 percent of persistently poor children will remain impoverished into adulthood. They are also more likely to become unwed teenaged parents, drop out of high school, or have a spotty employment record – all of which significantly impact their economic status.

“Because poverty status at birth is linked to worse adult outcomes, targeting resources to children born into poverty and their families would help particularly vulnerable people,” the authors of the study note. In Alabama, 22% of Alabama children live in poverty, and over 1 in 10 live in extreme poverty.

And we still have a racial divide: “Black children are roughly 2.5 times more likely than white children to ever experience poverty and 7 times more likely to be persistently poor.”

What can you do?

Posted by Robyn Hyden

Over 1 in 10 Alabama children live in extreme poverty

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The Southern Education Foundation released a report yesterday entitled The Worst of Times: Children in Extreme Poverty in the South and Nation. The report’s findings include:

  • 15.6 percent of children in rural Alabama counties live in extreme poverty
  • 10.8 percent of all Alabama children live in extreme poverty
  • The highest rate of extreme childhood poverty is found in Dallas county, where 28.2 percent of children live in extreme poverty (the lowest, Shelby County, is 3.2 percent)

Any household living at or below 50% of the federal poverty line income is classified as living in extreme poverty. For a family of 4, that would mean living on less than $10,975 a year.

Below – Extreme Child Poverty Rates in Small-Population Counties by State: 2008

The report highlights some troubling nationwide trends in extreme poverty since the recession started. Notably, “the recession has expanded the number of children in extreme poverty by approximately 26 percent — adding almost 1.5 million children in extreme poverty across the nation since 2008,” and “school districts with the largest reported percentages of extremely poor children appear to have the least money to educate these children in the schools.”

Finally, the report notes, “Local, state or federal policies in education fail to specifically address the needs of the nation’s poorest children.”

The Alabama State Commission to Reduce Poverty is examining these issues and is seeking community-based solutions to end the extreme poverty in our state.