Poverty remains high despite the economy

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has released an overview of poverty and hardship in America. According to the CBPP’s new report on the state of poverty in the United States, today’s poverty rate is higher than it was during the last recession. Roughly one in eight Americans – 36.5 million – live in poverty, the report says. Some 12.6 million households, containing 35.5 million people, lacked access to adequate food at some point during the year, while 16 million low-income households either paid more for rent and utilities than the federal government says is affordable, or lived in overcrowded or substandard housing.

To read the full report click here. To view the appendix that reviews all of the data sources click here.