Here you will find quick links to government programs and agencies designed to fill public needs and provide assistance with everything from addiction and mental health help, food and income assistance, housing, medical, and resources on aging.

Most Americans will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between ages 25 and 75. Poverty rates are persistently higher in rural and inner city parts of the country as compared to suburban areas.

In 2015, 13.5% (43.1 million) Americans lived in poverty. These links provide facts and statistics about local poverty rates, the needs of local Community Action Agencies that support low income people, and the challenges faced by working families locally and across the nation.

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies Poverty Facts
A collection of facts and statistics about poverty across the United States.

Self Sufficiency Standard 2015
A project of the Center for Women’s Welfare (CWW), the Self-Sufficiency Standard is a budget-based measure of the real cost of living and an alternative to the official poverty measure.

The Self Sufficiency Standard determines the amount of income required for working families to meet basic needs at a minimally adequate level, taking into account family composition, ages of children, and geographic differences in costs.

2015 Lifeline Community Needs Assessment
A survey and analysis to evaluate the needs of Lake County consumers from their own point of view across a variety of needs. Surveys were administered by 15 participating agencies including health clinics, mental health agencies, faith-based organizations, government service providers, educational assistance facilities and emergency service providers.

State of Poverty in Ohio 2014 Report
The goal of the State of Poverty in Ohio Report is to shine a light on the issue of poverty to increase understanding of the challenges of the poor, as well as to show that there are people behind the statistics.

2013 Lifeline Needs Assessment
Statistics on the families and individuals served by Lake County Lifeline in 2012-2013.

Helping People, Changing Lives:  What is Community Action
Information on the role of Community Action Agencies in Ohio. Community Action Agencies help low income people who are struggling to make ends meet become self-sufficient.

National Low Income Housing Coalition “Out of Reach 2011 Report”
In no state can a person working full-time at the federal minimum wage afford a one-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent. The National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) will provide communities with funds to build, preserve, and rehabilitate rental homes that are affordable for extremely and very low income households.

Lifeline, Inc. Needs Assessment 2009
Statistics on the families and individuals served by Lake County Lifeline in 2009.

Ohio Anti-Poverty Task Force Final Report
Strategic recommendations for expanding opportunity and reducing poverty in Ohio, by the Ohio Anti-Poverty Task Force.

Self-Sufficiency Calculator
The Self-Sufficiency Calculator can be used to determine the income needed to meet the basic needs of a particular family type in a specific county in Ohio. This calculator can be used to assist with budgeting or by employers, advocates or legislators to evaluate wages, provide career counseling, or create programs that lead to economic self-sufficiency for working families.

The Ohio Benefit Bank
The Benefit Bank online service simplifies and centralizes the process of applying for programs and resources such as food assistance, health coverage, home energy assistance and much more. Through its eligibility screening tool, The Benefit Bank can ensure that people are fully aware of the benefits to which they are entitled and, as an expert system it helps maximize the benefits and tax refunds they can secure. TBB is unique because it functions as a benefits eligibility screener, a benefits application filer and an IRS-certified tax assistance and filing service.


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