The Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) partnered with the Coalition on Human Needs to release an Ohio Poverty Snapshot highlighting data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on income, poverty, and health coverage through the year 2017. According to the snapshot, while poverty rates have declined since 2016, 1.5 million people in Ohio remain in poverty and 3.5 million people throughout the state remain near poor.
With the release of this new data, WPPN called upon lawmakers in Ohio and Washington to recommit to policy efforts that support working families, particularly women who take on dual roles of caregivers and breadwinners:
“We must revamp our public policies at the state and federal level to make it easier for people to afford the necessities,” said Erin Ryan, Managing Director of the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network. “It’s very good news that more people in Ohio have health insurance compared with 2013, but wages are still too low, and women are still bearing the burden of extremely poor households. Policymakers in Washington and at the Statehouse must prioritize affordable access to health insurance, nutrition, and housing assistance so that families can lift themselves out of poverty and into the middle class.”
Programs like SNAP, housing assistance, and Medicaid play a critical role in the economic security of Ohio households. Efforts to restrict access to these programs could increase hardships for the families who depend on the program to make ends meet.
Click HERE to read the full Poverty Snapshot