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According to the US Census, the poverty threshold for a family of four is $24,600 per year. As of 2015, more than 43 million people lived below the poverty line in the United States, and of those 14.5 million were children. The causes of poverty are multiple and complex, and the impact of poverty is far-reaching and long-lasting. Addressing poverty is important for social workers concerned about both social justice and human wellbeing.

The titles below link to summaries of research findings by our faculty relevant to poverty, with a take-home message for social work practice.


  1. Meeting the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders: An evaluation of a Judicare pilot
  2. Communities respond to predatory lending.