Generational Poverty Overview


Generational poverty occurs in families where at least two generations have been born into poverty. The JLA adopted this issue in 2013 due to its prevalence in our state. Georgia is the 6th worst state for child poverty, with more than one quarter of its children living in poverty. Many of Georgia’s children are struggling to have basic needs met. Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development; and poverty and financial stress can impede a child’s cognitive development and their ability to learn.

The JLA is committed to eradicating generational poverty in the greater Atlanta area, and through efforts like LBDI, we as an organization are able to provide critical education on this issue and raise money to effect change.

Below are recent statistics regarding generational poverty in our community:Generational_Poverty-GMM

  • 19% of Georgians currently live in poverty. – Business Insider
  • Generational poverty in Atlanta is predominate in single, female heads of household with children. – Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Report
  • 1 in 5 children lives in poverty, compared to 1 in 8 adults. – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Poverty in Georgia increased from 12.9% in 2000 to 19% in 2013 – an increase of almost 1 million people. –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
  • In 2013, nearly 575,000 of Georgia’s children lived in a food insecure household.
    • Even in affluent counties, such as Cobb and Gwinnett, nearly 15% of households qualify as food insecure. –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    • According to Georgia Dept. of Education, over 77% of students in the Atlanta Public Schools System qualify for free or reduced lunch. – Georgia Department of Education 
    • Only 18% of jobs are accessible by transit for metro Atlanta residents, 33% for those living in the city. –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution