This bill was introduced in the House as H.R. 258 by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on January 9, 2015.

Summary

The Half in Ten Act of 2015 establishes a Federal Interagency Working Group on Reducing Poverty in the Department of Health and Human Services and requires it to create a national strategy to cut poverty in half within ten years of the release of the 2014 Census Report on Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013. This bill was introduced in the House as H.R. 258 by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on January 9, 2015.

PFLAG Talking Points

  • LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, are more likely to live in poverty than their non-LGBTQ peers. According to a 2014 report from Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress, 20.7% of LGBT Americans make less than $12,000 a year compared with 17.0% of non-LGBT Americans. This disparity is even more pronounced with the trans community: 15% making less than $10,000 a year compared with 4% of the general population.
  • Some LGBTQ people face even higher rates of poverty due to intersecting racial identities. 34% of Black transgender people make less than $10,000 per year, and 55% of Native American LGBT adults are food insecure.
  • A plan is necessary to combat poverty nationwide. This bill mandates a concrete strategy to cut poverty to improve the lives of low-income LGBTQ people/families.
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