September 26, 2002
WAS WELFARE reform really a success? We're about to find out. The 1996 welfare reform law, which is up for re-authorization in Congress (the deadline is Monday), just happened to coincide with the biggest economic boom in the nation's history. Jobs were plentiful, even for unskilled single mothers. Yet a typical entry-level $7-$8 an-hour wage is not exactly livable. Not when it takes an estimated $16.75-an-hour wage to make a two- bedroom apartment in Philadelphia affordable.
September 27, 1996 |
Riding a growing economy, household income rose last year for the first time in six years, and poverty in America declined for the second year in a row, the Census Bureau reported yesterday. The median - or midpoint - household income was $34,076 in 1995, a gain of nearly 3 percent from 1994. The poverty rate declined, from 14.5 percent of the population in 1994 to 13.8 percent in 1995. About 36 million Americans lived below the official poverty line - $12,158 for a family of three.
August 27, 1991 |
The poverty rate among Hispanic children in the United States is soaring because their parents lack the education to hold anything but low-paying jobs, according to a report by the Children's Defense Fund. Hispanic children represent the fastest-growing group of children in the country, census statistics show. They also are falling into poverty more rapidly than white or black children, said Leticia C. Miranda, a policy analyst who wrote the report, which is scheduled for release today.
July 13, 2013 |
In an unusually frank document, the city has laid out stark statistical descriptions of poverty in Philadelphia, accompanied by a plan to try to deal with the problem. The Shared Prosperity Philadelphia plan, presented Thursday at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia, states that at a "staggering 28 percent," the poverty rate here is the highest among the nation's 10 largest cities. More than 430,000 of the city's 1,547,600 residents live below the federal poverty line, the report points out. The poverty line ranges from $11,490 for a single person to $23,550 for a family of four.
March 9, 1999 |
The Philadelphia School District has failed to spend about $30 million in federal funding for remedial programs for needy students over the last three years, and despite plans by the administration to spend some of it now, school board members were asking questions yesterday. "Surely we're not in a position of lack of need," board member Jacques Lurie said last night. "If there is $30 million available, we sure as heck ought to be putting it toward programs we say we need. " In an interview last night, Superintendent David Hornbeck said the $30 million accumulated largely because the district could not find the people to fill budgeted positions.
September 3, 1986 |
Hispanics are expected by 1990 to replace blacks as the ethnic group with the highest poverty rate in the nation, according to one analysis of recent Census Bureau data. While income levels among blacks are rising, Hispanics are losing ground and per-capita income among Hispanics is now lower than that for blacks, according to the study. The study noted that the black poverty rate of 31.3 percent last year was about the same as it was in 1979. But the poverty rate for Hispanics increased from 21.8 percent to 29 percent during the same six-year period, said the center, which based its findings on U.S. Census data.
October 1, 1999 |
The nation's median household income climbed to an all-time high last year while the poverty rate for children dipped to an 18-year low, the Census Bureau reported yesterday. The 1998 figures marked the fourth consecutive year of growth for overall household income as the strong economy, record unemployment, and low inflation continued to shower benefits across all regions of the country and all segments of the population. Alaska led all states, with median household income of $51,421, using a three-year average (1996-98)
April 18, 1999 |
The school district has received $95,000 from the state for technology and training for students and teachers - a grant that many thought was impossible to get, according to officials. Superintendent Gary Dentino said the district had purchased 37 computers and seven printers and planned to spend more money on staffing Web masters. "A lot of people in general thought that this couldn't be done," Dentino said of the grant, which the district received earlier this month. "We don't have a high poverty rate, and demographically we're not a poor town.
October 27, 1988 |
Many of America's poor children have no future and no hope of improving their lot, and their bleak prospects threaten to overwhelm even the most booming cities, the nation's mayors said yesterday. From substance abuse to deteriorating public schools to teen-age pregnancy and a lack of adequate child care, the U.S. Conference of Mayors ticked off problems they said threaten to overwhelm even the most booming metropolises. Officials said low-income children are confronted with the additional problems of homelessness and the lack of access to medical and mental health care.
October 2, 2010
It's no surprise to see Philadelphia listed as the poorest among America's 10 largest cities. It's held that distinction before. But placing last again is disappointing, and points out the need for public officials to work even harder to create jobs. U.S. census figures released Tuesday put the city's poverty rate at 25 percent, compared with about 14 percent nationally. The recession exacerbated the problem, with record numbers applying for food aid. One out of three children in Philadelphia is poor.