Poverty in Michigan

Child Eating

Michigan Community Action’s Vision

To be the leading voice that champions poverty reduction in the State of Michigan.

The Challenge

More than 60 percent of Americans will experience poverty at some point in their lives.*  Community Action is there when people need help.

Roughly 16 percent of Michigan residents – including one in four (23%) of its children and 17 percent of its senior citizens – live in poverty. MCA advocates for policies, programs and the resources that help people get out of poverty and become economically self-sufficient.

Poverty weakens families and increases health risks, driving up social and medical costs for everyone.  Poverty traps individuals in their current circumstances and decreases upward mobility, undermining the American Dream and devastating communities.  The effects of poverty are particularly damaging for children.  Children who live in families below the poverty line are at greater risk of lower educational attainment, reliance on public benefits and incarceration – all of which limits the growth and prosperity of Michigan.

Join us in advocating for policies, programs and resources to fight poverty in Michigan.

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*Rank MR, Hirschl TA (2015) The Likelihood of Experiencing Relative Poverty over the Life Course

Michigan-Specific Poverty Statistics

Poverty facts from the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan

(9/15/2016) The Detroit News - State Gains in income, still below pre-recession levels

(7/22/2016) Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Michigan Poverty Factsheet

(3/11/2016) MLive - Michigan’s child poverty rate climbed 23 percent from 2014 to 2016

(10/2/2015) 2014 Census Report: Despite Progress, Too Many Michiganders Remain in Poverty