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This is time sensitive! Comments are needed by June 21, 2019!

They are proposing to change the way the official
poverty threshold is adjusted annually, potentially defining fewer people as poor. This change would cause more people to be denied access to programs and services already desperately needed for their families.

We need to provide feedback on this important issue.

On May 7th, the Trump Administration released a Request for Comment on its proposed changes to the current method used to make annual adjustments to the Official Poverty Measure (OPM). The proposed changes would result in an inaccurate measure of the poverty rate and significantly reduce the number of individuals and families eligible for critical programs and services, like food, housing and health care.

What Can WE Do?

The more agencies and individuals that respond, the stronger our voice. The Community Action Partnership has provided some information and links to resources to help YOU and your agencies take action:

  1. Review the materialssuch as the talking pointswebinar, and other background resources.
  1. Write and send comments to OMB using the instructions below. Use the template as the starting point for your response and consider adding in specific data and stories from your agency.
    Send in your letter by June 21, 2019.  
  1. Reach out to your congressional representatives to make them aware of the issue and provide them with your agency's comments to OMB.

Comments to OMB should be addressed to Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician, Office of Management and Budget.  Email comments may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the subject "Directive No. 14". Alternatively, comments can also be submitted through the system. Click here for a link to the Federal Register notice for more information and here to go directly to the online comment form. 

In addition, please send your submitted comment letters to the Community Action Partnership (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and NCAF (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

More Resources

Community Action Partnership has provided resources from National Partners, including the webinar recording from May 29th, which are available below:

Let's collectively raise our voice and comment right away on this critical issue, so we can let them know where our community stands on these proposed changes.

Thank you!
Adam Kravitz & Ren Autrey