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Missouri’s Poverty Rate: A Small Step in the Right Direction Yesterday, the United States Census Bureau released statewide data indicating that Missouri’s poverty rate decreased slightly for the first time since 2007 – from 16.2% to 15.9%. In real terms, it means there are 16,726 fewer Missourians living below the federal poverty level today. However, from 2008 to 2012, Missouri experienced a 20% overall increase in poverty statewide – from 742,486 individuals in 2007 to 947,792 people in 2012. While this small decline is a hopeful sign, it is clear that Missouri still has a long way to go before poverty is back down to levels seen before the Great Recession. Over the past year, Missouri also experienced an above average change in median household income. Nationally, household income only rose by 0.6% and several states actually experienced negative growth. Missouri’s median household income rose by 2.2%. “Although the recent census numbers are a positive sign that the economy is improving in the state, there are still nearly 1 million Missouri citizens struggling with poverty. Fortunately, Governor Jay Nixon has seen the result of this disparity and has recently created the Office of Community Engagement,” said Heather Lockard, Executive Director of the Missouri Association for Community Action. “This willingness to facilitate meaningful communication about the problems facing our low-income communities has the ability to bring about effective policy changes to address poverty.” Hundreds of Missouri communities are still struggling with economic disparity, lack of jobs, educational challenges and more. Missouri’s Community Action Network of 19 nonprofit agencies help low-income families reach self-sufficiency by mobilizing communities to come together to fight poverty and delivering emergency services to stabilize families in crisis. From community supported agriculture to housing development and small business education, Community Action Agencies know that community engagement and participation is the only way to effectively reduce poverty in Missouri, making our state a better place for all. Director Heather Lockard and each of the 19 Community Action Agency directors are available to discuss Missouri’s state and local poverty issues. To learn more contact the MACA office at (573) 634-2969. ###

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

Missouri’s Poverty Rate: A Small Step in the Right Direction Yesterday, the United States Census Bureau released statewide data indicating that Missouri’s poverty rate decreased slightly for the first time since 2007 – from 16.2% to 15.9%. In real terms, it means there are 16,726 fewer Missourians living below the federal poverty level today. However, from 2008 to 2012, Missouri experienced a 20% overall increase in poverty statewide – from

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