Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 18,033
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 65,000
EITC recipients: 110,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 4,600
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 16,654
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 9,529
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 145,389
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 30,117
Participants in all Head Start programs: 3,806
Asset poverty rate: 13.9%
Average college graduate debt: $23,574
Unbanked households: 2.4%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 13.6%
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children below 200% poverty: 33,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 23%
Senior poverty rate: 8.9%
Women in poverty: 10.3%
Children in foster care: 1,360
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 34,564
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: 21
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 7.0%
Food insecurity: 12.8%
Minimum Wage: $9.25
Number of Asian and Pacific Islander children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 32,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 3.5%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 18.5%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 23.0%
Poverty rate: 9.3%
Unemployment rate: 3.0%
High school graduation rate: 81.8%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 89.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 50%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 31.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 10%
Home foreclosure rate: 2.82%
Homeless people: 7,921
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 54,000
Percent renters: 43%
Total households: 455,868
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 99
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 3,663

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