Poverty

CPBB chartIssue Spotlight: The War on Poverty at 50

It has been 50 years since the United States began the War on Poverty. Much progress has been made, but much remains to be done.

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Commentary: It's time to renew our War on Poverty

Resources on the War on Poverty's 50th Anniversary

Recession Fallout: Poverty Rates Up, Median Income Down from 2007 to 2012 in Many Parts of PA

Blog: Don't Give Up The Fight

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September 26, 2011

Poverty has risen sharply in most regions of Pennsylvania, highlighting the widespread impact of the recession. PBPC has created tables showing poverty and uninsured rates in Pennsylvania's major metro areas and larger counties.

September 22, 2011

Poverty has risen sharply in most regions of Pennsylvania, highlighting the widespread impact of the recession and the need for policymakers to protect struggling families and invest in building a stronger economy.

September 13, 2011

As the recession took its toll last year, more Americans fell into poverty, saw their incomes decline, and joined the ranks of the uninsured, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2010, the poverty rate increased to 15.1%, the highest level since 1993.

July 13, 2011

The 2011-12 budget makes big reductions to Department of Public Welfare (DPW) programs, including welfare-to-work, health care and human services.

July 13, 2011

The 2011-12 budget makes big reductions to Department of Public Welfare (DPW) programs, including welfare-to-work, health care, and human services.

March 9, 2011

Total state funding for the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), which administrates most of the health care programs in the state, is increased in the budget proposed by Governor Tom Corbett for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year. Total DPW funding is $11.2 billion.

October 5, 2010

Poverty rates remained essentially unchanged in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2009, but some parts of the state saw a jump, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The new report also offers a snapshot of health insurance rates in communities across the state.

September 28, 2010

The share of children without health insurance is twice as high in rural parts of Pennsylvania as in larger urban areas, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Rural Pennsylvania has a higher uninsured rate overall than the state’s urban regions, due mostly to its large share of children without insurance.

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