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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
December 13th, 2017

Download the 2016 Poverty Profile as a PDF Fact Sheet 624,042 Oklahomans had incomes below the poverty level in 2016. That’s 16.3 percent of Oklahoma’s population, or about one out of every 6 Oklahomans. The poverty rate in Oklahoma continues to be above the national average Since 2008, Oklahoma’s poverty rate has been higher than the national average, and that  Continue Reading »

Recent Articles & Reports
March 20th, 2018

This post is by OK Policy intern Lydia Lapidus. Lydia is a recent graduate from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a concentration in International Politics. When applying for a job, you might scan your social media profiles and hide or delete any off-putting posts that an employer could see. But what if they look at your  Continue Reading »

February 27th, 2018

This week is America Saves Week when many community organizations promote saving money and encourage people to look at the state of their own finances. For many Oklahoma families, this would be a disheartening exercise. Four in ten Oklahomans don’t have the cash, or property that could be sold for cash, to support themselves at the poverty level for three months. For  Continue Reading »

February 14th, 2018

Effie Craven is the State Advocacy and Public Policy Director for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Imagine you are a child waiting in the school lunch line with your friends.  You laugh and joke as you move through the line and get your trays, enjoying the break from class.  But when you get to the cashier and scan your  Continue Reading »