Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Extreme Poverty in IL?

A couple of days ago, I posted something from the Hearland Alliance regarding poverty in IL. They made the claim that "Nearly 700,000 Illinoisans continue to suffer in extreme poverty every day." I was wondering about World Bank definition of extreme poverty which is living on less than $1 a day and if this could possibly be related to that.

I got clarification from them about that figure:
"Just to clear up any confusion, our definition of extreme poverty is based on 50% of the Federal Poverty line, which is the standard definition used in the United States. That is roughly $10,000 a year or less for a family of four. The number of 685,970 is the specific number we are referring to when we say "nearly 700,000." "
-Doug Schenkelberg I Associate Director, Policy and Advocacy
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like extreme poverty to me. We need to start figuring out how to end poverty in our own country!