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POVERTY: ALABAMA

demographics + causes
kristina scott
alabama poverty project
FOLLOW YOUR BLISS
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
AS THYSELF
POVERTY: DEFINED
webster’s dictionary

poverty
1 a: the state of one who lacks a usual or socially
acceptable amount of money or material possessions b:
renunciation as a member of a religious order of the
right as an individual to own property

2: scarcity, dearth

3 a: debility due to malnutrition b: lack of fertility


census bureau

Poverty Thresholds for 2007 by Size of Family and


Number of Related Children Under 18 Years
Related children under 18 years
Weighted
Size of Family Unit Average
Thresholds
None One Two Three Four

One person - under 65 yo 10,787 10,787


Two people - head of household under 65
yo 13,954 13,884 14,291
Three people - head of household under
65 yo 16,530 16,218 16,689 16,705
Four people - head of household under 65
yo 21,203 21,386 21,736 21,027 21,100
Five people - head of household under 65
yo 25,080 25,791 26,166 25,364 24,744 24,366

Source: US Census Bureau


POVERTY:
SITUATIONAL
VS.
SYSTEMIC
situational
poverty
situational poverty

generally temporary and likely due


to factors such as loss of job,
divorce or death of a spouse
systemic
poverty
systemic poverty

entrenched poverty which can


encompass multiple generations
of a family
POVERTY:
DEMOGRAPHICS
poverty: nationwide
public schools: low-income
children

2006
poverty: alabama
poverty: alabama families

2000
poverty: alabama seniors

2000
poverty: alabama children

1999
POVERTY: SYSTEMIC CAUSES
society
+
culture
education
economics + employment
health
care
The Environment

environment
environment
Governance

governance
YOU ARE THE ONE
YOU HAVE BEEN
WAITING FOR
•social change =

• philanthropy +
• volunteerism +
• advocacy
kristina scott 1016 19th street north
executive director po box 55058
kscott@alabamapoverty.org birmingham, al 35255
205-939-1408 www.alabamapoverty.org