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Poverty Awareness Month: Welcome

A guide to assist in the education and awareness of poverty in America.

Poverty Awareness Month

Poverty Awareness Month is observed during the month of January.

This site is designed to promote awareness of poverty in the United States, to recognize the relationship between poverty and discrimination, and to learn ways to get involved to help eliminate poverty.


"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime."

Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau

  • There were 46.2 million people living in poverty in 2010.
  • The 2010 Poverty Guidelines show that a family of 4 (two adults and two children) earning less than $22,113 is living below the poverty line.
  • The poverty rate in 2010 (15.1%) was the highest poverty rate since 1993.
  • The number of people in poverty in 2010 (46.2 million people) is the largest number since the first year poverty estimates have been tracked.

 For more information, visit the US Census Bureau website.

Poverty Awareness


For more information about poverty in the United States, please visit Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the provider of the image and web banner used in this section.