By the Numbers.
Poverty in CA:
- In 2016, there were 5,891,057 people experiencing poverty in the state of California, or 15.3% of the states population.
- The California Supplemental Poverty Measure, a more accurate measurement, is 20.6%.
- Sadly, 22.8% of a the state’s children live in families living below the poverty line (24,250 for a family of 4).
- In Fresno County the child poverty rate is as 38.9%!
- California is ranked 51st in the nation for affordable housing.
CA Food Insecurity:
- The Food Insecurity rate in California is 12.5%, or 4,885,220 people struggling to maintain a regular source of adequate, nutritious food.
- 33% of all food bank clients and SSI recipients struggling to put food on the table.
SNAP/CalFresh in California:
- Only 70% of all eligible participate in CalFresh:
- 74% are household with children,
- 50% are working families,
- 30% are families with elderly or disable members.
- The CalFresh program kept 806,000 out of poverty-417,000 of which were children (2009-2012)
- More facts and figures about CalFresh.
- CalWORKs families live at 30% of the Federal Poverty Line.
- Cuts to the CalWORKs program over the last 2 decades has give 1.1 billion dollars annually for the state budget.
Suplemental Security Income (SSI):
- In 2017, the maximum SSI federal benefit is $735 per month, or 73% of the federal poverty level.
- The average SSI benefit is only $435.
- Women, disproportionately Asian, Black, and Latina, are the majority of SSI/SSP recipients.
- The state has saved an estimated $10 billion from the cuts to these recipients.
- California is the only state where SSI/SSP recipients are barred from receiving food stamps.
- More information about SSI.