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The Facets of Poverty

Keeping the ALICE data in mind, take a deeper look at the elements that make up the Household Survival Budget and how they have changed in recent years. 
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Change in Rent Costs over time
% Change from 2010 Cost
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Owner Occupied
Renter Occupied

HOUSING

Housing Cost Burden refers to the percentage of a household's annual income spent on housing costs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's CHAS dataset designates three categories of cost burden:

  • No Cost Burden: Below 30% of annual income

  • Cost Burden: Between 30% and 50%

  • Severe Cost Burden: Over 50%

CHILD CARE

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Registered Child Development Homes
DHS Licensed Centers/Preschools
How affordable is child care?

According to a study by Child Care Aware of America, child care is considered affordable if it costs no more than 7% of a family's income.

In Dubuque County, the average cost of full-time child care a a registered child development home is between $135.45 and $140.40 per week.

This would be more than 7% of the income for nearly 65% of the families in Dubuque County.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program through the USDA that provides benefits to low-income individuals and families that can be used at stores to purchase food. 

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Dubuque County
City of Dubuque

FOOD

Medical Costs

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ABOUT THE DATA

All data from the charts comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2013-2017 Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) dataset, Child Care Resource and Referral, the American Community Survey (which is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (single, employee plus one, and family).

Housing Cost Burden refers to the percentage of a household's annual income spent on housing costs.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's CHAS dataset designates three categories of cost burden, below 30% of annual income, between 30% and 50%, and over 50%.

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