November 24, 2008
How Will the Economic Downturn Affect Poverty?
Can Today's Safety Net Cope?
This audio presentation discusses the findings of an analysis, which:
- examines the impact of recent recessions on poverty and deep poverty (incomes below half of the poverty line);
- discusses recent changes in the safety net that could weaken its ability to address the increase in need during this downturn; and
- outlines steps Congress can take as part of an upcoming economic recovery package to stave off large increases in severe poverty and hardship.