Study Shows Decrease in Child Poverty in Montana - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Study Shows Decrease in Child Poverty in Montana

Posted: Updated:
BUTTE -

A relatively new way of looking at poverty statistics showed marked improvement in the number of Montana children living in poverty.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure or SPM was adopted by the census bureau in 2011. It indicates child poverty in Montana is on the decline with 39,000 children no longer living on the poverty threshold.

Although, Rocky Lyons, Executive Director of the Butte Rescue Mission said she's not seeing these new numbers reflected in their shelter residents. "Currently we have four children under the age of eight staying with us and more times than not we see the 18 and 17-year old kids come through here.”

The SPM gages child poverty based on the effect of safety net programs and tax credit policies geared towards alleviating financial hardships. It is unlike the federal government's official poverty count system created in the 1960's which groups like Montana kids count argues is an outdated measurement system.

"At that time people spent about a third of their income on food and that was really what the official poverty measure was based on. But, today food costs are less than 10% of a family's budget but the measure hasn't been changed," said Jennifer Calder, Communications Director for Montana KIDS COUNT.

But for Lyons, it's hard to acknowledge the decrease in child poverty when so many kids are living below the average income standards. "When I look at my grandchildren's classrooms I also don't see that it's getting better or that the fact there are waiting lines for little children getting into programs like Head Start and those kind of things there's such a need there, the classrooms are not getting smaller, they're getting larger and the programs are running out of money."

According to the Supplemental Poverty Measure the rate of children living in poverty nationally fell from 33% to 18% as a result of programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Earned Income Tax Credit.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Second judge says Trump can't keep stalling clean-air rules

    Second judge says Trump can't keep stalling clean-air rules

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:34 PM EST2018-02-23 17:34:43 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:21 PM EST2018-02-23 20:21:28 GMT
    A second federal judge has rejected the Trump administration's efforts to delay an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.>>
    A second federal judge has rejected the Trump administration's efforts to delay an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands.>>
  • Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

    Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:46 AM EST2018-02-23 16:46:28 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:21 PM EST2018-02-23 20:21:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md.
    Now it can be told: President Donald Trump goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo.>>
    Now it can be told: President Donald Trump goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo.>>
  • Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

    Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:18 AM EST2018-02-23 15:18:07 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:21 PM EST2018-02-23 20:21:22 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump takes a question from reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, to travel to Oxon Hill, Md. to speak at the Conservative Political Ac...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump takes a question from reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, to travel to Oxon Hill, Md. to speak at the Conservative Political Ac...
    President Donald Trump says the armed officer who didn't stop the gunman who carried out last week's Florida massacre was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure.".>>
    President Donald Trump says the armed officer who didn't stop the gunman who carried out last week's Florida massacre was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure.".>>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane woman finds baby left in freezing car

    Spokane woman finds baby left in freezing car

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:33 PM EST2018-02-23 01:33:43 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Picture this, a baby freezing, bawling, and alone in the back seat of a car. That's what one Spokane woman stumbled upon in a South Hill parking lot. "Complete shock," Windy Delandro said. A frightening sight, Delandro says she saw what looked like a six-month old sitting in her car seat, car turned off, tears streaming down the little girls cheeks. "I looked around to see if I could find anybody, see something, I told my mom 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Picture this, a baby freezing, bawling, and alone in the back seat of a car. That's what one Spokane woman stumbled upon in a South Hill parking lot. "Complete shock," Windy Delandro said. A frightening sight, Delandro says she saw what looked like a six-month old sitting in her car seat, car turned off, tears streaming down the little girls cheeks. "I looked around to see if I could find anybody, see something, I told my mom 

    >>
  • Fatal apartment fire at Hartson and Perry on Spokane's lower south hill

    Fatal apartment fire at Hartson and Perry on Spokane's lower south hill

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:46 AM EST2018-02-23 13:46:40 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- One person is dead in a fatal fire at the Liberty Park Terrace Apartments on the lower South Hill. The fire was confined to one apartment. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The building was evacuated but everyone has returned back inside. No roads blocked at this time. BREAKING: Fatal Apartment Fire at Hartson and Perry>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- One person is dead in a fatal fire at the Liberty Park Terrace Apartments on the lower South Hill. The fire was confined to one apartment. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The building was evacuated but everyone has returned back inside. No roads blocked at this time. BREAKING: Fatal Apartment Fire at Hartson and Perry>>
  • Ohio student arrested for viral Facebook “SHS” threat

    Ohio student arrested for viral Facebook “SHS” threat

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:32 PM EST2018-02-23 04:32:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Many of you have reached out to KHQ, concerned after you saw a Facebook post that went viral on Wednesday, causing concern across the nation. The post was made under the Facebook profile “Ray Andres.” The person behind the post threatened to bring a gun to school and referred to the school as “SHS.” According to WHIO News, the FBI and Clark County Deputies were able to pinpoint the location of where the social 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Many of you have reached out to KHQ, concerned after you saw a Facebook post that went viral on Wednesday, causing concern across the nation. The post was made under the Facebook profile “Ray Andres.” The person behind the post threatened to bring a gun to school and referred to the school as “SHS.” According to WHIO News, the FBI and Clark County Deputies were able to pinpoint the location of where the social 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/