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Poverty in America

C-SPAN will feature 3 hours on the topic of Poverty in America Sunday, October 2, 2011 on C-SPAN 1 from 7am – 10am (EDT).

Announcement from C-SPAN:

Poverty in America

This Sunday, October 2, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program presents “Poverty in America”, looking at the face of poverty and the Federal, State, and community programs aimed at reducing poverty.

Poverty by the Numbers
7:45am – 8:30am ET on C-SPAN
A look at the recent Census data showing a record 42.6 [sic, 46.2] million people are now living in poverty in America. We’ll look at the demographics of who is living in poverty, how the face of poverty has changed since the economic downturn and how poverty is measured.

Federal Programs & Poverty
8:30am – 9:30am ET on C-SPAN
A discussion on federal poverty-related programs: what they are, how much they cost, and their efficacy in reducing poverty.

Programs to Fight Poverty
8:30am – 9:30am ET on C-SPAN
A look at one of the many community programs to help fight poverty and how they partner with the federal government. We feature the “Half in Ten” campaign, which aims to cut poverty in half in ten years.

See also:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010 (Sept 13, 2011)

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010 Current Population Reports, P60-239, Issued September 2011.

Census.gov › People and Households › Poverty Main

Census Bureau Sets Timetable for Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Estimates and American Community Survey Results

Info about what’s coming from the Census was announced at an “operational press briefing” that took place yesterday.

Robert M. Groves, director, U.S. Census Bureau and Stanley J. Rolark spoke at the event.

Presentation Slides (PDF)

A replay of the press briefing should be available soon on this web page.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today the public release schedule for the official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2010 from the Current Population Survey (CPS), as well as estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS).

Intro and Timetable

Additional Materials Distributed at Event
* Materials Distributed at News Conference
* Count Question Resolution brochure [PDF]
* 2010 CQR Challenges

* Press kits:
– 2010 Census Briefs
– Summary File 1

* American FactFinder Brochure [PDF]
* U.S. Census Bureau at a Glance [PDF]
* Measuring America Timeline [PDF]
* 2010 Data Products Release Timeline
* 2010 Census Data Product Descriptions

The 2011 HHS Poverty Guidelines

[from The 2011 HHS Poverty Guidelines One Version of the [U.S.] Federal Poverty Measure]:

There are two slightly different versions of the federal poverty measure:

* The poverty thresholds, and
* The poverty guidelines.

The poverty thresholds are the original version of the federal poverty measure. They are updated each year by the Census Bureau (although they were originally developed by Mollie Orshansky of the Social Security Administration). The thresholds are used mainly for statistical purposes — for instance, preparing estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year….

The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. The Federal Register notice of the 2011 poverty guidelines is available.

The poverty guidelines are sometimes loosely referred to as the “federal poverty level” (FPL), but that phrase is ambiguous and should be avoided, especially in situations (e.g., legislative or administrative) where precision is important.