Census Bureau Set to Release New Poverty Data August 26

Commentary and Analysis Available from Spotlight on Poverty
Media Advisory
August 21, 2008                                                                  
Contact:    Ed Hatcher                                                         

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, August 26, the Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty rates in the United States.  Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity will be available to provide comment and analysis on what the numbers mean and what actions are being taken to reduce the number of people in poverty in this country.

The Census Bureau will be releasing two sets of poverty figures: data on income, poverty and health insurance from the Current Population Survey, which provides national and state data; and numbers on income, earnings and poverty from the American Community Survey, which provides data for areas with populations of 65,000 or more. Information on the release will be posted shortly before August 26 at

Spotlight will provide links to key analysis of the poverty data on its web site – – from organizations throughout the country.  Jodie Levin-Epstein of Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, will also be available to answer questions and provide commentary on the new data and growing state efforts to fight poverty.


Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: Foundations Ask Presidential Candidates What They’ll Do for America is a new initiative supported by American foundations to develop sustained political will on the pressing issues of poverty and opportunity. Spotlight starts by engaging candidates in substantive discussions about poverty in our country and eliciting ideas and perspectives about what must be done. The Spotlight web site offers the latest research and news from around the country and features compelling commentary from leading public figures and experts. Through ongoing forums, discussions, and outreach, Spotlight will seek to ensure that poverty and opportunity are on the national agenda long after the elections are over.