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Child Poverty in Westchester Advisory Council Breakfast January 28, 2009. Poverty Hurts Children. Poor nutrition, poor health Insecure and inadequate housing Lower educational outcomes High stress and family dysfunction Continued cycle of poverty. Child Poverty Hurts Us.

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Child Poverty in WestchesterAdvisory Council BreakfastJanuary 28, 2009


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Poverty Hurts Children

  • Poor nutrition, poor health

  • Insecure and inadequate housing

  • Lower educational outcomes

  • High stress and family dysfunction

    Continued cycle of poverty


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Child Poverty Hurts Us

  • Child poverty costs US $500 billion per year.

  • Child poverty in Westchester:

    $ 7.5 billion over ten years



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1,550 children

per mile

Route 287 = 12.7 miles

19,690 children in poverty



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Poor Children in Every Community

Provided by the Westchester County Department of Planning, 1999

Source: US Census Bureau, Decennial Census, 2000


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Significant Income Gap

2007 Median Incomes in Westchester by Family Type

Female Head

Of Household

With Children

Under 18

$29,330

Male Head

Of Household

With Children

Under 18

$51,625

Married Couple with

Children Under 18

$134,656


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Poverty Varies by Race

Children’s Poverty Rate by Race - 2007


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Poverty Underestimated

  • Not everyone is counted

    • 10-20% under estimate of undocumented immigrants

  • Poverty measure is imperfect

    • Family Self Sufficiency = +/- 200% FPL


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    Number of Children Who Are Poor by

    % of Poverty Level - 2007

    Children at 200%

    Poverty Level

    or Below

    53,269

    Children at 125%

    Poverty Level

    or Below

    28,527

    Children at 100%

    Poverty Level

    or Below

    19,690


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    Almost one out of four children

    in Westchester County are 200% or below

    the Federal Poverty Level

    200% of the Federal Poverty Level is

    $42,400 for a family of four


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    What Can We Do?

    • Learn what works:

      • Policies matter: Senior citizens



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    What Can We Do?

    • Learn what works:

      • Policies matter: Senior citizens

      • Efforts in other communities

    • Make ending child poverty a priority

    • Take the first steps…


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