And of course we have health care coming down the pike, and all its subsidies to families up to 188 percent of the poverty line.
Many states and localities provide services to families who fall under the poverty line and also in the “near-poor” category.
But it will take a long time for positive growth to trickle down to those who have crossed the poverty line.
Annual wages range from $10,000-$13,000, well below the poverty line of $23,000 for a family of four.
And the vast majority—77 percent —of minimum wage earners belong to households that are above the poverty line.
The minimum decent living standard--aka the poverty line--does rise along with national wealth.
“In Italy, there are 1.8 million children living under the poverty line,” says Giacomo Guerrera, head of UNICEF Italy.
Some struggle harder than others, and maintain an existence on or just above the poverty line—these are technically the poor.
Charles Booth thought that thirty per cent of the people of London were on or below the poverty line.
And then he is confronted with the picture of the Holy Family which can never have lived much beyond the poverty line.