Profile of Poverty

Poverty refers to not having sufficient income or material possessions to meet an individual's or family's basic needs and can be generational or situational.

Generational Poverty occurs in families where at least two generations have been born into poverty. Families living in this type of poverty are not equipped with the tools needed to move out of their situations.

Situational Poverty occurs for a period when an individual falls below the poverty line because of a sudden event such as job loss or illness.

Notes

Poverty refers to not having sufficient income or material possessions to meet an individual's or family's basic needs. Poverty can be generational or situational. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, across the United States a little over 11% of the population lived in poverty, but in Cuyahoga County that number was 18%.

Generational Poverty occurs in families where at least two generations have been born into poverty. Families living in this type of poverty are not equipped with the tools needed to move out of their situations. Situational Poverty occurs for a period of time when an individual falls below the poverty line because of a sudden event such as job loss or illness.