1. Action Alert
  2. Economic Justice

This One Step Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty

By Alex Frandsen, September 12, 2019


The Census recently released it's poverty data for 2018. While poverty rates declined slightly from 2017 to 2018, the report also contained some very, very bad news: Approximately 38.1 million people—more than the population of Canada—lived below the poverty line last year.

That number is incredibly disheartening to us. That’s why we’re calling on Congress to address glaring gaps in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The EITC and CTC are two of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the country, but these tax credits leave far too many people out. Millions of low-income children are not eligible for the CTC because their families are too poor to qualify. And more than 5 million working people are left out of the EITC.

Congress is considering legislation to extend business tax breaks. It is essential that any tax bills include provisions to lift more people out of poverty. Act now: Urge your legislator to fix the gaps in the EITC and CTC and lift millions above the poverty line.

Press Release Federal Aid Programs Prove Vital in Reducing U.S. Poverty  

Washington, DC – Despite the continued reductions of poverty rate, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), is dismayed to see the number of people still living in poverty in the world’s richest country. According to today’s Census Bureau report, the official poverty rate decreased from 12.3 percent in 2017 to 11.8 percent in 2018. Approximately 38.1 million people lived below the poverty line in 2018 ($25,465 for a family of four).

Economic Justice 

By most measures, the United States is a country of wealth and abundance. Yet, for many people, the U.S. economy isn’t working. In the richest country in the world, everyone should be able to eat three meals a day, have a roof over his or her head, and access health care. In addition, everyone should have opportunities to learn, work, and grow. A just economy is built on this foundation of economic stability and opportunity.

Alex Frandsen

  • Program Assistant, Communications

Alex Frandsen is the Program Assistant for Communications. Through close collaboration with the office’s various teams, he strives to highlight the impact made by FCNL and connect our messaging with the outside world.