This Spring, EHC! co-convened #TalkCTPoverty Day at the Capitol with other state advocates to discuss CT poverty and issues related to poverty with legislators. Poverty in Connecticut is on the rise and budget cuts threaten the longevity of state services vital to residents living in poverty. Hosted by Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs (CABHN), the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA), CT Voices for Children, and End Hunger Connecticut!, this event featured remarks from legislators on the state of these proposed budget cuts and remarks from advocates on the importance of preserving funding for vital programs. It was part of a broader effort by community partners to raise awareness of poverty in Connecticut. Participants were active through twitter, Instagram and Facebook at a photo booth using #TalkCTPoverty. A snapshot of poverty in Connecticut:
- 374,000 state resident are below the Federal Poverty Line, up from 321,000 in 2011
- Poverty in the state increased by 17 percent between 2008 and 2013.
- In 2013 113,000 children lived in poverty, up from 97,000 in 2009. Poverty rates vary greatly by race.
- Close to 12 percent of households in Connecticut are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to meet their needs.
These disparities extend to low-income working families. In Connecticut, there are 77,161 low-income working families, meaning their total income fell below 200 percent of the official poverty rate. Read Legal Assistance Resource Center’s 2015 Town-by-Town to find out how many people in each district in Connecticut rely on social services, are unemployed, or live in poverty: http://larcc.org/node/2084