A discussion of poverty is not complete without a discussion of special populations. By any measure, poverty levels are different between different groups of people.
According to the most recent data from the US Census, 11.6% of white people in our country live with incomes under the Federal Poverty Level. African Americans are more than twice as likely to live in a household with incomes lower than the FPL (25.8%). American Indians have a higher rate of poverty at 27%. Hispanic/Latino Americans have an overall poverty rate of 23.2%.
Sadly, children of all races are more likely to live in poverty than adults.
Why are the rates so different? How can that be changed? Should anti-poverty efforts be designed with these statistics in mind?
Unit 5 - Special Populations Overview
Unit 5 - Special Populations PowerPoint Slides