By the numbers.

Poverty in CA:

  • In 2018, there were 5,160,208 people experiencing poverty in the state of California, or 13.3% of the state’s population.
  • The Supplemental Poverty Measure, a more accurate measurement, is 19%.
  • 8.1% of California’s children live in deep poverty, where families are living under 50% of the Federal Poverty Rate.
  • California is ranked 51st in the nation for affordable housing.

CA Food Insecurity:

  • The Food Insecurity rate in California is 11.7%, or 4,574,710 people struggling to maintain a regular source of adequate, nutritious food.

SNAP/CalFresh in California:

  • Only 70% of eligible Californians participate in CalFresh:
    • 74% are household with children,
    • 49% are in working families,
    • 9% are in 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 2018, the maximum SSI/SSP grant is $910.72┬áper month.
  • 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 since 2009.
  • Starting in the summer of 2019, SSI recipients will be eligible for CalFresh.
  • More information about SSI.