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There is a strong connection between poverty, well being, and opportunity. Poverty impacts adults, youth, and children alike. The Night Ministry primarily serves poor and low-income individuals.

According to "A Report on the Chicago Region's Health & Human Services Sector," a March 2007 study jointly funded by United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust, the number of people living in poverty grew 14% between 2000 and 2005. The study also shows that between 1999 and 2000, the number of working poor families jumped 46% in Chicago, and 84% in the suburbs.

Research & Links

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2007

Center on Hunger and Poverty

Heartland Alliance, Mid-America Institute on Poverty

Illinois Poverty Summit, 2005 Report on Illinois Poverty

Institute for Research on Poverty

Institute on Race and Poverty

Joint Center for Poverty Research   

Public Agenda Poverty and Welfare Fact File

"Families Stay On Welfare When Fathers Have Many Children," University of Florida

U. S. Census Bureau
Current Population Survey
Poverty: 2004 Highlights
Poverty Estimates and studies: What's New
Children and the Households They Live In: 2000
State & County Quick Facts for Illinois
Population Profile of the United States: Dynamic Version
The Effects of Government Taxes and Transfers on Income and Poverty, 2004

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development – poverty tour

Work, Welfare & Families: An Illinois Coalition Working to End Poverty 

The World Bank – Poverty Analysis

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