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Poverty Information and Research

New Jersey is one of the three states in the country where poverty increased in 2013. According to latest Census Bureau data, poverty in the state grew from 10.8%in 2012 to 11.4% in 2013. Read More


LSNJ created Poverty Research Institute (PRI) in 1997 to assemble data and other information that would assist in its mission of providing civil legal aid. Such information can pinpoint the location, demographics, and other aspects of poverty, helping fashion more effective and efficient legal responses and solutions. Periodically, as a public service, PRI publishes reports and statistics gleaned from this data to enhance public awareness of poverty’s scope, causes, consequences, and remedies. Greater knowledge about poverty can produce public policy decisions that can alleviate some of the legal problems of those living in its grasp, and thereby further serve LSNJ’s core mission. PRI is New Jersey’s first and only entity exclusively focused on developing and updating information on poverty in the state.

PRI publishes a variety of reports addressing various aspects of poverty, including:

  • Poverty Benchmarks annual report series;
  • Real Cost of Living report series;
  • Income Inequality series;
  • Primary research reports on poverty-related issues, including need for legal representation and the effectiveness of safety net services;
  • Various other reports relevant to poverty in New Jersey.

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Through individual stories, supplemented by the research of LSNJ’s Poverty Research Institute, Poverty in Focus portrays the day-to-day struggles of people living in poverty. LSNJ’s hope is that such stories and information may inform and encourage more effective public and private responses to poverty, reducing its scope and effect and, additionally, easing and curtailing the legal problems of those in poverty.

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