in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Reassess poverty levels
From: John K., South St. Paul, MN
The current poverty levels are completely unrealistic. Most organizations now consider poverty as some multiple (125 percent, 150 percent, etc.) of the poverty income levels now determined on an annual basis. Problem is, nobody uses the same multiple. And keeping the actual definition of poverty at the current unrealistic income levels completely misstates what the real rate of poverty is in this country. We can't solve a problem we don't understand, and we don't understand what the real dimension of the problem is.