Facts About MEND and Poverty
- MEND receives an average of 37,000 client visits per month.
- From 2011 to 2015, the total encounters for MEND’s various services grew 27%.
- 54% of MEND clients are women and 46% are men.
- 75% of MEND clients live on $10,000 or less per year.
- 35% of MEND clients have less than a 9th grade education.
- 34% of MEND’s clients reside in Pacoima. The rest are from nearby cities such as Sylmar and San Fernando.
- The 2014 Census Bureau reported that over 46.7 million Americans live below poverty level. Source
- In 2014, the national poverty rate was over 14.8%.
- In 2014, the national poverty rate for Latinos was 23.6%.
- In 2014, the national poverty rate for African Americans was 26.2%.
- In 2014, 15.5 million children, or 21.1%, were at poverty level.
- Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, especially if they’re African American or Hispanic. In 2014, 30.6% of households headed by single women were poor in the US versus 15.7% of households headed by single men and 6.2% of married-couple households lived in poverty.
- In 2014, the poverty rate in Los Angeles County was 14.8%.
- The latest Census data reveals that about 19% of Pacoima households are at or below the poverty level.
- In 2015, 13% of MEND clients were homeless.
Food & Hunger:
The MEND Foodbank provides food to clients in need
- An estimated 1.4 million individuals in Los Angeles County live with food insecurity.
- According to Feeding America, 92% of those 1.4 million individuals most likely qualify for SNAP/CalFresh Benefits based on the income they reported.
The MEND Health Center provides dental, medical and eye care to nearly 9,000 uninsured patients.
- According to the California Health Care Foundation, a full year after ACA implementation, nearly 11% of Americans in California were still uninsured.
- In 2015, 11,000 MEND clients were surveyed and asked to report health coverage; 33% reported not having health insurance
- From 2011 to 2015, the number of patients who visited MEND’s Dental Clinic increased by 17.9%.
The MEND Education and Training Center provides clients with job skills that will increase the likelihood for the future employment.
- MEND’s Education and Training Center provides tutoring in math, science and reading, sewing, ESL and literacy classes and training in computer skills to members in the community.
- From 2011 to 2014, the total enrollment in MEND’s Education and Training Center increased by 11.4%.
- Today, receiving a high school degree or even some college education is less likely to protect Americans from poverty than it was two decades ago.
- In February 2016, the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the national unemployment rate to be 5.0%. Source
- In February 2016, the unemployment rate in Los Angeles County was 5.5%.
- In 2015, 10,300 MEND clients were asked about employment. 52% of those surveyed reported to be unemployed.