285,000 Arizona Kids Lifted Out of Poverty

| February 26, 2015

Newsletter from Children’s Action Alliance:

February 25, 2015

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that anti-poverty measures are successful to keeping children out of poverty. If it weren’t for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Free and Reduced School Lunch and, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), 285,000 more Arizona children would be living in poverty, according to the supplemental poverty measure (SPM).

KIDS COUNT Supplemental Poverty Measure Data SnapshotAs it stands, there are still too many Arizona children living in poverty even with government assistance (360,000) but the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids in our state would be much more difficult if not for the help they received.

The SPM is one measure* of poverty in the country. It was developed in the 1990s and more accurately reflects the number of people living in poverty for a few different reasons.

  • It takes into account housing costs when determining the poverty level and adjusts those costs based on the region.
  • It includes all forms of government assistance when counting a family’s income

Click here to read the entire KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot, Measuring Access to Opportunity, and see where Arizona ranks in child poverty levels compared to all the other states.

*The other poverty measure, the official poverty measure (OPM), cited more frequently, including in the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book®, only takes into account basic food costs when determining the poverty level and doesn’t count most forms of public assistance in a family’s income. Therefore, not only is the OPM less accurate, but it also doesn’t allow us to understand the effectiveness of government help.

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