Report on the Federal Poverty Thresholds and the Federal Poverty Guidelines

By Marc De Leeuw, Ari B. Blaut, Rachel A. Packer, Zachary L. Cochran, Levy Y. Goldman, Mary K. Newman

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, June 2009

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, this report was a pro bono effort completed by a team of attorneys from Sullivan and Cromwell to explain the rationale and methodology behind the current (USA) Federal Poverty Threshold and Federal Poverty Guidelines, and propose revisions to enhance their efficacy. Important concerns include geographical considerations (factoring in the higher costs of living in urban areas), public assistance being counted as income, and setting realistic eligibility criteria based on today’s consumption standards, as opposed to those from 1963 from which the current poverty standard is based.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Social Context, Poverty, Economy, Social Planning, Demography

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Genre: Report

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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