United States Initiatives

United States Initiatives

Statistics from Black Demographics indicate that as of 2009, 43.6 million Americans are living in poverty. The official poverty threshold is $21,756 annually for families having two adults and two children (for a family of 4). That threshold increases is based on a family paying for food, clothing, shelter, utilities and medical expenditures, in which it is raised to a threshold rate of $29,602. (2009).

  • For African Americans, the poverty rate increased in 2009 to 25.8-percent or about 9.9 million.
  • The unemployment rate for Blacks in America is at 2.9 million and is 16-percent of the total unemployment statistics.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau 11.5-percent of African Americans live in government housing or Section 8 housing, while 13.6-percent receive TANF cash assistance (formerly referred to as welfare checks). Just over 25-percent of African Americans receive SNAP benefits formerly known as Food Stamps.  The largest benefit received by Blacks is Medicaid health insurance, which mostly consists of children.
  • Black families with children under 18 headed by a single mother have the highest rate of poverty at 47.5-percent compared to only 8.4-percent of married-couple Black families.
    • These same families who pay more than 30-percent of their income for housing struggle and may have difficulty affording even basic necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.

We are a firm believer that if we work towards addressing these issues we can create within the community a sense of pride, purpose, viability and sustainability that will last for generations to come. Please explore our various U.S initiatives aimed to help the black community flourish.


*The Scott Family Foundation Intl. executes its objectives in the United States through The Scott Family Foundation Intl. U.S., which conducts its charitable services exclusively in the United States. The Scott Family Foundation Intl. U.S. is currently in the process of gaining its 501(c)3 exemption from the IRS.*

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