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October 7, 2015

Report shows 1 in 10 in CT still remain in poverty

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A new report by the Connecticut Association for Human Services and the Coalition on Human Needs shows one in 10 state residents still live in poverty. The same report shows child poverty is at 14.9 percent.

The two groups released the updated Census data today to demonstrate the potential effect of proposed federal cuts in social-services spending. The group says proposed sequester cuts by Congress to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit could push 146,000 state residents, including 63,000 children, into or deeper into poverty.

Poverty hits African Americans and Latinos harder, the groups said in their report. Nearly 21 percent of African Americans and 26.5 percent of Latinos in Connecticut are poor. The numbers are worse for children with 30.5 percent of African American children and 33.4 percent of Latino children in Connecticut considered poor.

Recently updated Census data shows Connecticut residents on a percentage basis fare better than the national average with 15.4 percent below the poverty level. Poverty is defined as a single person earning $11,770 by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. For a family of four the salary level is $24,250.

The two groups say more than 171,000 Connecticut residents live on half of the federal poverty levels. The report also found 13.9 percent of Connecticut households could not afford enough food over the years 2012-2014 based on U.S. Department of Agriculture figures.

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