Resetting the Poverty Debate

Renewing Our Commitment to Shared Prosperity

Half in Ten Annual Report 2013

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This third annual indicators report tracks progress toward cutting poverty in half over the next decade and expanding opportunity for all. The report paints a sobering picture of the state of poverty and opportunity in the U.S. and makes the case that we need to reflect on the lessons of the five decades since the launch of the War on Poverty and renew our commitment to cutting poverty.

According to the report, the percentage of people in poverty—with annual incomes below $18,284 for a family of three—remained stagnate between 2011 and 2012 at 15 percent. Similarly, median household income and the gender wage gap remained unchanged in 2012.

Twenty-five states have poverty rates of at least 16%, which is above the national average, and up from 2010 when only 16 states were in this category. This year’s report includes a foreword by Sister Simone Campbell, outlines a pathway forward, and recommends a set of policy priorities that would move more families from poverty to prosperity.