Saturday, January 30, 2010
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has designated January as "Poverty in America Awareness Month." Even though the month is over, poverty is with us every day of the year. It's time to end poverty in America once and for all. Today, 39.8 million Americans -- and 1 in 6children -- are living below the poverty line. The poverty line is defined by the government as the minimum amount needed to cover a person's or family's food, shelter, clothing, health care and transportation. For a family of four, that amount has been designated at $22,050. Many families are struggling to hang on, forced to make hard choices between hunger, housing and health care. Since 2000, the number of poor Americans has grown by more than 9 million. 17 million Americans are living in extreme poverty, that is, with incomes below half the poverty line. Times are hard for many with the stagnant economy and high unemployment. Those that can are called to help those that are in need. Go to povertvusa.org to see how you can become involved in helping to eliminate poverty in America today.
Posted by Harry Liggett at 8:01 PM