What is Poverty?
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson laid out a full plan to provide more opportunities and more 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, but the work is far from complete. Today, more than one in five Oregonians rely on food stamps and 16.6 percent of Oregonians live in poverty.
To learn more about poverty explore the links below:
2015 Oregon Housing & Community Services Report on Poverty
(Yamhill County information can be found on page 82)