One in five children in the United States are living in poverty, and children continue to experience higher rates of poverty than any other age group in the country. Poverty is a particularly serious problem for children, who are exposed to toxic stress and suffer negative effects for the rest of their lives after living in poverty for even a short time.
The Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2015 (H.R. 2408) would establish a national child poverty target with the goal of cutting child poverty in ten years and eliminating it within 20 years. This organizational sign-on letter urges Congressional leaders to co-sponsor this important legislation. The deadline for signing is Friday, June 12th. We will send a copy of the final letter to all signers once it has been sent to Congressional leaders.