Did you know that the Federal Poverty Guidelines determine who qualifies for social services assistance, regardless of what city you live in? Well, the 2008 Poverty Level is as follows:
- For a family of 1: $10,210/year
- For a family of 2: $13,690/year
- For a family of 3: $17,170/year
- For a family of 4: $20,650/year
- (it goes on up from there, but you get the idea)
Now imagine what that means for families in Austin who need to qualify for low income social services!
And check this out... a 2006 statistic provided by the Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas says that IN TRAVIS COUNTY a family of 4 (2 parents, 2 kids) needs a household income of $53,080/year just to cover basic expenses... more than double the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Which means that 40% of families live below the "Central Texas Security Index" suggesting that any major change in their family income or expenses threatens their ability to make ends meet.
This information was shocking to me! And so scary. And makes me want to be a part of helping those with low incomes in Austin. Click here and here to find out how to help.
Isn't that crazy!??