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New Report Finds That Three in Ten California Households Cannot Afford Basic Needs
Date:12/8/2009

ams rely on variations of the Federal Poverty Level, a large and diverse group of California residents are routinely overlooked and undercounted."

"Many of these hidden poor earn too much income to qualify for most social service programs, but they still struggle to meet their most basic needs, especially as the costs of living continue to rise," Manzo continued.

The report also shows that hard times proceeded the recession for a significant number of California families. Based on the most recently available U.S. Census data from 2007, the report demonstrates that even before the global economic crisis, having a job was not a guarantee of adequate income. In 42 percent of California households below the Self-Sufficiency Standard, the adult head of household was employed full time, year round, yet did not earn enough income to make ends meet.

"Households with inadequate income reflect the diversity of our state," said Manzo. "They come from every racial and ethnic group, household composition, and level of education, and they work hard as part of the mainstream workforce. It is our hope that the findings of this study will guide public policy and prompt leaders to reexamine social service programs throughout the state."

SOURCE United Ways of California


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