U.S. Census Report on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance to Be Released Next Week, Heartland Alliance to Follow With Analysis of Findings in Midwest

Poverty Expert Available for Immediate Comment

WHAT: The U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual income estimates, poverty rates, and health insurance coverage numbers from the American Community Survey and Current Population Survey for the year 2007 on Tuesday, August 26. The Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty will produce specific local and regional fact sheets and provide analysis on the data, trends, and their implications.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 27 experts on poverty issues from Heartland Alliance will provide analysis of the data and be available for comment.

DETAILS: Heartland Alliance will post fact sheets and analysis for the select Midwest states and the U.S. as they are completed at http://www.heartlandalliance.org/maip/censusrelease08.html. Specific states covered include:

— Illinois
— Indiana
— Iowa
— Michigan
— Minnesota
— Missouri
— Ohio
— Wisconsin

Data for key cities and counties within these states will also be available.

WHO: Amy Rynell, director of the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty, is available to discuss the significance of the data and provide analysis regarding trends and their implications.

WHY: Census data will paint a vivid picture of hardships endured by families around the Midwest and will shed light on the scope of challenges and solutions required to meet basic needs and expand opportunity throughout our communities.

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights helps people who are threatened the most by poverty or danger improve their lives and realize their human rights. For more than 100 years we have been providing solutions — both through services and advocacy — creating paths from crisis to stability and on to success. Our work in housing, health care, legal protections, and economic security supports more than 200,000 people annually, helping them build a better future.

CONTACT: Ambar Mentor, +1-312-408-2580, ext. 25, [email protected], or Hugh McMullen, +1-312-408-2580, ext. 15, [email protected], both for Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty; or Amy Rynell of Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty, +1-773-336-6074, [email protected]

/PRNewswire-USNewswire — Aug. 25/

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Source: Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty