- Texas ranked 2nd highest in nation after California with 1,751,000 children living in poverty1
- 27% of Harris County children live in poverty and 26% of Texas children do1
- Nearly half of the children in Texas live at 200% or below the federal poverty rate, while the national average is 44%1
- 86% of low income children and 53% of poor children have parents who never graduated from high school1
- In 2011-2012 school year, school districts in Greater Houston area identified 12,512 homeless youth, or 1.3% of public school population1
- 43.6% of infants and children under 4 years of age received WIC assistance1
- The 2013 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for a family of 4 equals $23,550. On average, it is estimated that it takes twice that amount to provide the most basic needs2
- In 2011-2012, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported 23% of Texas adults in poverty3
- In 2012, 46.5 million people (15%) in the U.S. were in poverty4
Kids Count (For a Better Texas)
- Children at Risk. Growing Up in Houston 2012-2014, Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children. Children at Risk, 2012.
- "Child Poverty." National Center for Children in Poverty. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, n.d. Web. 12 Sept 2014.
- "Poverty Rate by Race/Ethnicity." The Kaiser Family Foundation. The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2014.
- "Poverty: Highlights". United States Department of Census Bureau. U.S. Department of Commerce, n.d. Web. 12 Sept 2014.