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In communities across America, Catholic Charities agencies are responding to local needs by developing programs that help feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless. Click on a topic area below to learn how Catholic Charities agencies are making an impact.

Poverty Facts and Statistics

The 2013 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the sobering reality of too many Americans struggling to provide for their families.

  • 45.3 million people live in poverty – 14.5% of the U.S. population.
  • The income poverty threshold to be considered for benefits is $23,834 for a family of four.
  • 14.7 million children live in poverty  - 19.9 percent of all children in the U.S. under the age of 18.
  • 27.2% of African Americans in the U.S. and 23.5% of U.S. Hispanics live in poverty.

Other official poverty numbers are available from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, these statistics don’t tell the whole story.

CCUSA believes that the current standard for measuring poverty and establishing eligibility criteria for poverty relief services are fundamentally flawed and outdated.  These traditional measures are not inclusive of the real need, and ignore the reality that every day nearly 30 million Americans are at risk of falling into poverty.  CCUSA encourages the use of a broader set of indicators beyond the traditional measures that more holistically assess human well-being in the United States.