May 21, 2012 |
More New Jersey residents lived in poverty in 2010 than ever before, according to a report released Sunday. A record 885,0000 people in the state, nearly 300,000 of them children, lived below the poverty line, say authors of an analysis by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute in Edison, which is based on the most recent numbers available. Overall, the poverty rate increased from 8.7 percent in 2008 to 9.4 percent in 2009, and finally to 10.3 percent in 2010.
December 17, 1995 |
Imagine working full-time and earning $8,890 a year. Try living on that. Imagine paying for food, rent, child care and transportation with such meager wages. Not to mention buying Christmas presents. You can't. You'd run out of money before basic expenses are paid. The problem isn't that you're lazy - you're working 40 hours a week. The problem is that you're earning minimum wage - $4.25 an hour. Millions of people who work full-time at minimum wage jobs are poor. Contrary to stereotype, the majority are neither teenagers flipping hamburgers nor wives earning pin money.
September 26, 2014 |
Already the poorest big city in America, Philadelphia also has the highest rate of deep poverty - people with incomes below half of the poverty line - of any of the nation's 10 most populous cities. Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.2 percent, or nearly 185,000 people, including about 60,000 children. That's almost twice the U.S. deep-poverty rate of 6.3 percent. Camden's deep-poverty rate of 20 percent is more than three times the national mark, but its population is a fraction of Philadelphia's.
August 2, 2001 |
Gloucester County has joined a handful of local governments in the nation that require the companies they contract to pay wages above the federal poverty line. The freeholders last night passed the living-wage measure, 7-0. It requires companies awarded bids for county jobs to pay workers who receive medical benefits at least $8.50 an hour - the amount the federal government says the wage earner in a family of four needs to stay above the poverty line - or $10.87 without medical benefits.
May 16, 2002 |
City Council gave initial approval yesterday to a second major tax-cut bill, but the legislation to give Philadelphia's poor a steep wage-tax break faces an uncertain future. The preliminary vote was a victory for Councilman David Cohen, the veteran legislator who occupies Council's left wing. Yesterday, however, Cohen sounded like a Republican supply-sider, explaining that cutting the wage tax from 4.54 to 1.5 percent for poor people would spur spending in their neighborhoods, thereby raising overall economic activity and tax revenue, and therefore not hurting city services.
March 20, 2013 |
Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty - people with incomes below half of the poverty line - of any of the nation's 10 most populous cities. The annual salary for a single person at half the poverty line is around $5,700; for a family of four, it's around $11,700. Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.9 percent, or around 200,000 people. Phoenix, Chicago, and Dallas are the nearest to Philadelphia, with deep-poverty rates of more than 10 percent. The numbers come from an examination of the 2009 through 2011 three-year estimate of the U.S. Census American Community Survey by The Inquirer and Temple University sociologist David Elesh.
January 27, 2015 |
The Lansdale project may still be a year from completion, but people in upper Montgomery County and across the state are already bubbling about what may be its most striking and unusual feature: The front door. When North Penn Commons is finished, the door will be the lone entranceway for seemingly disparate groups: members exercising at the local YMCA, seniors living in affordable housing, and visitors to a soup kitchen, Manna on Main Street. The design is intentional, part of a bid to reach across age and economic barriers to integrate struggling older people into the community.
December 8, 2011 |
ANISSA MALLORY knows what it's like to live in poverty. The 20-year-old Kensington mother of 1-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, says she and her husband "survive day-to-day," but also have to sacrifice. "It's hard to keep up with the bills and rent," she said. Although they're able to feed the kids, she and her husband will forgo buying new clothes or sneakers. Mallory, a home-health aide, says they make about $19,000 a year - including welfare. They live in north Kensington, an area of the city with the largest cluster of people living below the poverty line, according to a Daily News analysis of census estimates being released today.
April 7, 2016 |
Several City Council members want Mayor Kenney to add an income cap to his universal prekindergarten program to ensure it benefits the city's poorest residents. "Fundamentally, I'm trying to understand why we're subsidizing people who can afford to pay for slots," Council President Darrell L. Clarke said at Tuesday's budget hearing. "It's not normally what . . . government does. " Otis Hackney, the mayor's director of education, said low-income families would have priority under Kenney's plan because the city would draw from the list of families living below 300 percent of the federal poverty line first.
November 16, 2015 |
Even as poverty leveled off in New Jersey last year, it remained at a 50-year high and showed no signs of abating given persistent structural problems such as income inequality and changing employment trends that are trapping the poor, a new report has found. "New Jersey's current and long-term employment outlooks are ominous and raise the possibility that we are witnessing profound and long-term shifts in employment opportunity, potentially requiring corresponding paradigm shifts in government economic development and antipoverty strategies," reads a 146-page annual report of the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute.