The report tracks 21 indicators of economic security and opportunity, including income inequality, unemployment rate, and affordable housing.
Over all, low-income families suffer from efforts to balance the federal deficit, and many states need to improve policies to increase access to federally funded programs that would help those families.
According to the report, in New Jersey:
10.8% of New Jersey residents fell below the official poverty line ($23,492 for a family of four) in 2012; and
There were only 41 affordable and available units per 100 renter households with very low incomes in 2011.
Nationally, the report mentions the important role housing vouchers play for many families.