Friday, January 7, 2011

How Much Do You Know About Poverty?

With 43.6 million Americans living in poverty and millions more struggling to make ends meet, it is more important than ever to educate the public on the problem of poverty, debunk stereotypes, and make the case for proven policy solutions that can increase economic opportunity for all Americans.

To that end, Half in Ten has developed this fun, interactive quiz designed to raise awareness of the problem, fight false notions, and illustrate policy solutions that work.

We need to do everything we can to educate the public and policymakers and to build the grassroots movement to advance policies that create good jobs, promote economic security, strengthen families, and ultimately, cut poverty in half in ten years.

In that process we need to keep in mind that outdated measures of poverty – like the federal poverty level – may not show the entire picture of those struggling to make ends meet. A new census formula has over 4 million more people living in poverty than recently thought and a PathWays PA report has found that one in five households in Pennsylvania are struggling to make ends meet. There are many ways to look at poverty in this country.

Test your knowledge and take Half in 10's quiz today but also learn more about the new census formula and other measures of poverty like the Self-Sufficiency Standard.

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