Sending Office: Serrano, Jose E.
Become an Original Cosponsor of Resolution Expressing Support for the Development of a National Strategic Plan to End Deep Poverty
American Psychological Association
Nadler, Rep. Holmes Norton
Deadline: Thursday, December 12 at NOON
Our nation is the richest on earth, yet despite that wealth, we have far too many individuals and families facing the harsh realities of deep poverty. In 2018, more than 17.3 million people in the United States still lived in deep poverty, which
is defined as having an income below half of the federal poverty line. In 2018, that equated to $6,392 or less for a single person and $12,850 or less for a family of four. In 2017, over 30 percent of all children lived in deep poverty.
These statistics are unacceptable. Deep poverty still exists as a result of a history of structural inequality that deepens economic hardship and limits opportunity. Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, women (particularly women-headed
households), children, young adults, and people with disabilities disproportionately experience deep poverty in the United States. Poverty is dehumanizing and physically and psychologically harmful to children and adults, with negative effects that accumulate
Inadequate access to housing, health care, food, and basic needs create the conditions that result in mass-scale deep poverty. In order to address these systemic problems, we must come together to ensure programs tackling these issues function
in a coordinated and effective manner.
Congress has a responsibility to help Americans meet their basic human needs, and to engender respect for the human dignity of people living in deep poverty. Please join me in cosponsoring a resolution raising awareness of deep poverty and economic
inequality, affirming the need to advance policy solutions to address the complex factors and structures that contribute to deep poverty, and supporting the development of a national strategic plan to end deep poverty.
Thank you for your consideration. Please contact Alexis Philbrick (Alexis.Philbrick@mail.house.gov) in my office if you would like to be an original cosponsor or have any questions.
José E. Serrano
Member of Congress
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