NYSBA Pro Bono News
"Can Poverty Scholarship Guide Legal Interventions?"
The Census Bureau report released in September was appalling: 46.2 million people in the United States live in poverty, the most in 52 years. We are sliding back. Last year, 2.6 million people slipped below the poverty line, bringing the percentage of Americans in poverty up to 15.1%. That's 1 in every 6.6 Americans. Among children, it's 1 in 5. The percentages are dramatically higher for Hispanic (26.6) and Black (27.4) Americans. To round out the gloom, median income fell for the third straight year: the average household now earns less than $50,000 yearly.