Male Poverty Increases according to U.S Census Bureau Report

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'On Tuesday, September 13, the U.S. Census Bureau released its Poverty in the United States: 2021 report. The number of males who fell below the poverty line increased by 398,000 from 2020 to 2021 while the number of females declined by 13,000. Although the percentage of females living in poverty in the report was higher by 2.1%, (12.6% to 10.5%) there are other factors that impact our understanding of poverty thresholds and eligibility for programs.

Poverty thresholds, which is the purpose of the Census Bureau report, simply measure poverty and does not determine eligibility for certain federal programs. Guidelines for eligibility is more a function of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This difference may explain some of the reason males tend to have a harder time when it comes to eligibility, particularly when government and state agencies form councils on women in an important attempt to quantify the challenges facing them. The same agencies do not exist for boys and men, so their eligibility is often understated.'

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