How Does Poverty Affect Me?
A central truth in public policy is that we approach differently those problems we view as someone else's, compared to those we see as intimately connected to our own well-being. So it is with poverty. Perhaps the one silver lining in the treacherous clouds that have threatened the nation's economic horizons over the past several years is the growing sense that economic insecurity is a common thread in our lives, and the stark reality that even official poverty can happen to anyone. In November 2010, a poll of American votes found that more than 50% have a family member who lives in poverty. Kansans are no different. This makes poverty, very clearly, our problem, and it points to a framework for economic security as a policy imperative for our collective future.
With that in mind, the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs presents the 2012 Kansas Poverty Report.
Download the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Download the INTRO-OVERVIEW section
Download the WHAT HAS CHANGED section
Download the ECONOMIC MOBILITY section
Download our POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Part 1
Download our POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Part 2
Download the WHAT TO DO NEXT section
Download the APPENDIX
KACAP and the Kansas Community Action Network gratefully acknowledges the work of LIKEFOX Designs on this project.
‘This publication was created by the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Grant Number 90EQ0238. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.’