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Poorest 20% of Families Spent 14% of Income on Diapers in ’14

Posted on: November 23, 2015 by admin

The Poorest Spend a Large Percentage of Their Money on Diapers


“The struggle to provide enough diapers is apparent from data showing how much Americans spend on them per year,” writes the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in its coverage of H.R. 4055, or the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2015.

Introduced last week, H.R. 4055 will allow states to create pilot projects that provide diapers or subsidies for diapers to poor families.

“The poorest quintile (the bottom 20 percent of consumer units by income, with an average after-tax income of $11,253) spent 13.9 percent of their income on diapers in 2014. For the years 2004 to 2014, this quintile spent a far larger share of their income on diapers than any of the other quintiles, roughly 2 to 2.75 times greater than the next poorest quintile,” writes CEPR.

Introduced by Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) the bill aims to make diapers affordable for families struggling to meet basic needs of children.

Federal EITC Kept 2 Percent of the Population Out of Poverty

Posted on: November 20, 2015 by admin

Researchers at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire have release a brief that “documents the proportion of Americans who would have been poor absent the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), all else being equal, across 2010–2014.”

The brief states, “Children are especially at risk of becoming poor without EITC benefits, as 4.3 percent more children nationwide, or 1 out of every 25, would become poor without the EITC. The impact of the EITC is particularly strong in the South, where rates of child poverty would increase by nearly a third, from 18.0 percent to 23.1 percent, absent EITC dollars.”

Read the full report here.


Congress Takes on #DiaperNeed!

Posted on: November 18, 2015 by admin



Congress is taking on “diaper need,” a hidden consequence of poverty that impacts one in three U.S. families, and the well-being of babies everywhere.

On Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., introduced the Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2015 (H.R. 4055). The proposed legislation would make available Federal grant funds for States to create, administer and evaluate innovative programs that provide access to one of the most basic needs of every infant and toddler, clean diapers.

Working families often cannot afford the high cost of diapers because diapers cannot be purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds (Food Stamps). In addition, the benefits received under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are insufficient to cover diapers and daily expenses such as rent or clothing. Lack of access to diapers and supplies can cause children to get sick, and force families to skip work in order to care for their infant or toddler. (more…)