Fw: Is the Poverty Measure Accurate?

H. C. Covington -- I CAN America (icanamerica@email.msn.com)
Fri, 1 Oct 1999 03:45:00 -0500

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Joel Williams 
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 5:37 PM
Subject: Is the Poverty Measure Accurate?

Following is news of a recent JCPR research brief that we thought may be of interest. 

This week the Census Bureau is scheduled to release the official U.S. poverty measure.  Due to its outdated concepts and data, the measure does not accurately reflect the nation s current poverty population, nor does it adequately serve policymakers or researchers.  The primary flaw in the current poverty measure is that it uses before-tax money income as the measure of available resources in order to determine whether or not the family is poor and therefor, disregards the effect of the nation s chief poverty-fighting programs.   For more information, visit the Joint Center for Poverty Research Policy Brief at http://www.jcpr.org/policybriefs/vol1_num6.html

Joel M. Williams
Director of Communications 
Joint Center for Poverty Research
1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 702-2287; Fax: (773) 702-0926
mailto: jwilliams@uchicago.edu     Internet:  http:// www.jcpr.org

H. C. Covington 
I CAN America
Community Resource Center
Washington, DC - Lafayette, LA 
Voice 1-318-781-0216