HARDSHIP INDICATORS POINT TO A DIFFICULT HOLIDAY SEASON
National Policy Response is Off Kilter
by Arloc Sherman and Isaac Shapiro
This analysis features a variety of measures which suggest that tens of millions of American families will confront significant hardships this holiday season, with many unable to meet their basic food, health, and shelter needs. Government data show that:
• Poverty has now risen for four straight years; 37 million people were poor in 2004.
• More than one in six households with children experienced hunger or risk of hunger in 2004.
• The number of people lacking health insurance reached an all-time recorded high in 2004.