The National Community Action Partnership is deeply troubled by the Administration’s proposal to change the way the official poverty threshold is adjusted annually, potentially shifting to an inflation measure that would annually define fewer people as poor. Such a change would ensure more people will struggle over time to access programs and services needed to stabilize their families.
At this moment it is essential that the Community Action Network makes sure our voices are heard Community Action is the country’s largest anti-poverty network, and the experts on what it takes to address the causes and conditions of poverty. By collectively raising our voice and commenting on this critical issue, we can ensure that the administration knows where the anti-poverty community stands on these proposed changes.
To assist agencies in crafting their own public comments, we have compiled a list of resources below on this issue. These resources includes: Public Comments from National Partners, Guidance from the National Partners, Materials from National Anti-Poverty Advocates, and News Articles and Media Coverage about the proposed changes.
Materials from National Anti-Poverty Advocates and Experts
In the News
- Trump’s Plan to Lower Poverty by Redefining It, Explained” – TalkPoverty
- Trump Administration Seeks to Redefine Formula for Calculating Poverty” – The New York Times
- “Chained CPI for Poverty Line: Trump’s Proposal Explained” – Vox
- “Trump Administration Considering Changes That Would Redefine The Poverty Line” – NPR