The center works to identify and define the issues facing Texas' large low-income population. Whether it's documenting the actual amount of money it takes to support families' basic needs in every metropolitan area in Texas, or chronicling the real compromises working families make in order to survive, the center provides the data and the stories behind low- and moderate-income Texans.

Recent Family Economic Security Publications

2001 Poverty Data Released by Census (09/24/2002)

On September 24, 2002, the U.S. Bureau of the Census released national and state-level income and poverty data from its March 2002 Current Population Survey (CPS). This survey provides information on American families' and individuals' poverty and income status for the year 2001; when combined with prior years' CPS data, statistically significant changes for states and for subgroups (such as different age categories) can also be discerned. This Policy Page highlights poverty and income data for Texas, such as the fact that 3.1 million Texans, of which 1.3 million were children, lived below poverty in 2001. The state poverty rate overall was 14.9 percent; for children, it was 21.1 percent.

Making It: What it Really Takes to Live in Texas (09/1/2002)

With this publication, the Center for Public Policy Priorities offers the Family Security Index FSI) and the Family Security Portfolio (FSP) as two new tools to help build economic security for all families in our neighborhoods, our cities, and our state.

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