11% NJ Residents Live in Poverty

State Efforts to End Poverty

11% NJ Residents Live Below Poverty LineHalf in 10, a campaign at the Center for American Progress Action Fund to cut poverty in half in 10 years, has released its annual report, State of the States 2013.

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.

You can download the report here.