What is Poverty?

POVERTY BY AGE (2009-2013)

POVERTY BY AGE (2009-2013)

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson laid out a full plan to provide more opportunities and support for our most vulnerable citizens.  This plan became The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and was introduced as part of the War on Poverty.  

A recent report from the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) shows that many of the anti-poverty programs and policies implemented, as a result of Johnson’s plan, have kept an average of 27 million people out of poverty every year between 1968 and 2012. The work however, is far from complete.  

Today, more than 1 in 5 Oregonians rely on food stamps and 16.6 percent of Oregonians live in poverty. 

MORE OREGONIANS LIVE IN POVERTY THAN IN PORTLAND (2014 estimated Oregonians in poverty and living in Portland)

MORE OREGONIANS LIVE IN POVERTY THAN IN PORTLAND (2014 estimated Oregonians in poverty and living in Portland)