PERC FACTS

In 2015, PERC . . .

  • Sheltered 31,603 men, women, and families - up 7.5% from 2014.
  • Served 126,336 meals through our soup kitchen - up 8% from 2014.
  • Distributed 2,412 boxes of healthy groceries to low-income families through our food pantry.
  • Moved 196 of our shelter guests into permanent housing.
  • Made 392 social service referrals.
  • Welcomed 881 unduplicated guests.

POVERTY IN AMERICA

  • The US ranks #2 among the developed nations with the highest poverty rates (UNESCO)
  • 43.6 million Americans (14.3%) are in poverty.  (2009 Census Dept statistics)
  • 15 million American children under the age of 18 (20%) were in poverty.  (2009 statistics)
  • 11% of families were in poverty in 2009.
  • 44% of children in families headed by single women were poor in 2009.
  • 3.9 million American seniors over age 65 (8.9%) were in poverty. 
  • 95 million Americans experience homelessness or housing issues (short term stays with family and friends; sleeping in cars; rooms with no heat, hot water, electricity, toilets).
  • Nearly 15 million people were unemployed as of September 2010 in the United States - that's almost one in 10 people.
  • In 2009, the poverty threshold for a family of four was an annual income of $21,954.  Less than half of that is considered extreme poverty.
  • Over 36 million Americans experience food insecurity each year. 


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