Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 22,084
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 65,000
EITC recipients: 108,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 19,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 9,650
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 145,737
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 33,814
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,806
Asset poverty rate: 16.5%
Average college graduate debt: $24,554
Unbanked households: 3.8%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 14.4%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 43,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 23%
Senior poverty rate: 6%
Women in poverty: 12.0%
Children in foster care: 1,085
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 49,227
Percent of children in immigrant families: 30%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 32%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 23
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 5.4%
Food insecurity: 12.9%
Minimum Wage: $8.50
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 35,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 5%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 19.4%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 23.0%
Poverty rate: 10.6%
Unemployment rate: 3.9%
High school graduation rate: 82%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 89.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 47%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.0%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 10%
Home foreclosure rate: 3.20%
Homeless people: 6,918
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 49,961
Percent renters: 43%
Total households: 450,299
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 99
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 5,900

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key Hawaii policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports