OUR FIGHT 

 AGAINST POVERTY & HUNGER

 Poverty by Ethnicity 

 Poverty by Age 

Children in Poverty

In 2018, 16.2% of all children (11.9 million kids) lived in Poverty USA—that’s almost 1 in every 6 children.

In 2015, the National Center on Family Homelessness analyzed state-level data and found that nationwide, 2.5 million children experience homelessness in a year.

Seniors in Poverty

Though the official census data gives seniors a 2018 poverty rate of only 9.7%, the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which accounts for expenses such as the rising costs of health care, raises the senior poverty rate to 14.1%.

 The Economics of Poverty 

Poverty Thresholds

Three people                                                                                                                         

Four people                                                                                                                            

Five people                                                                                                                            

Six people                                                                                                                               

Seven people                                                                                                                             

Eight people                                                                                                                            

Nine or more people                                                                                                               

$19,985

                                                                    $25,701

                                                                      $30,459

                                                                          $34,533

                                                                          $39,194

                                                                          $43,602

                                                                      $51,393

Poverty thresholds are determined by the US government, and vary according to the size of a family, and the ages of its members. In 2018, the poverty threshold—also known as the poverty line—for an individual was $12,784. For two people, the weighted average threshold was $16,247.

 Food Insecurity 

The USDA estimated that 11.1% of US households were food insecure in 2018.  This means that approximately 14.3 million households had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. Rates of food insecurity were substantially higher than the national average for households with incomes near or below the Federal poverty line

 Programs that we support 

Create Affordable Housing and provide resources that will assist families in achieving homeownership: 

HAHTTA recognizes that: a large portion of households spend half of their monthly income on rent or a mortgage.

 

Many of these families are only one paycheck away from homelessness.

Removing Barriers after being behind bars: Connecting EX-Offenders with Felony Friendly Employment, Job Training & Earn as You Learn Apprenticeships :

HAHTTA recognizes that: Two-thirds of all people currently incarcerated in the United States are there for non-violent offenses. Once individuals and in particular African Americans serve their sentences and satisfy all the conditions of their release, they still encounter significant obstacles, like finding a job and safe housing.

Develop Educational and Artistic After School Programs to help keep youth out of prison

as well as develop a program to assist women and children with incarcerated spouses and parents:

HAHTTA recognizes that:

Some 4,500 children are housed in adult jails and prisons on any given day in Children housed in an adult jail or prison are up to 9 times more likely to commit suicide than those in juvenile facilities.

 In the United States mothers and fathers go to prison at troubling rates. One of every 12 American children, more than 5.7 million kids under age 18, have experienced parental incarceration at some point during their lives (Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, 2016). About half of parents in prison lived with their children before their arrest or incarceration, and similar proportions of parents served as the primary source of financial support for their children (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2015). While there should be consequences for breaking the law, this national phenomenon of mass parental incarceration is unique in the world and perpetuates a compounding dilemma

The number of people in prisons and jails in the U.S. more than quadrupled since 1980. Right now, there are more than 2.2 million people incarcerated. Another 4.7 million people are under parole or probation supervision Punitive policing and sentencing policies have had a disproportionate impact on communities of color. While people of color comprise 37% of the U.S. population, they represent 67% of the prison population. African Americans are more likely to be arrested, convicted, and incarcerated than similarly situated white Americans. There has also been a 716% increase in women going to prison since 1980. 

(The sentencing project) We intend to help change these statistics through the implementation and utilization of programs that we develop, support and partnership with.

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