More than 11 percent of all American families live below the poverty line, the highest level in a decade, according to Horizons for Homeless Children . In 2012, the poverty line for a family of four was $23,000. Many charities work with families impacted by poverty to help them achieve their financial, educational, and career goals.
Pictured: Ann Houston, right, and Marissa Guananja created CONNECT , a program to help lift poor people out of poverty by giving them coaches and support groups. The federal government recently funded the program with a $3 million grant because it is interested in seeing whether it could become a national model.
Room to Grow is a program provides parents raising babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items throughout their children’s critical first three years of life.