Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 13,452
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 407,000
EITC recipients: 494,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 10,300
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 95,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 68,560
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 729,526
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 119,747
Participants in all Head Start programs: 21,147
Asset poverty rate: 23.7%
Average college graduate debt: $26,863
Unbanked households: 14.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 28.4%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 335,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 44%
Senior poverty rate: 12.0%
Women in poverty: 21.7%
Children in foster care: 4,461
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 36,657
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 45%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 31
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 12.0%
Food insecurity: 16.7%
Minimum Wage: No state minimum wage law (federal applies)
Number of Black children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment 194,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 8.4%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 33.0%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 36.1%
Poverty rate: 19.7%
Unemployment rate: 5.5%
High school graduation rate: 77.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 81.2%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 48%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 23.4%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 11%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.54%
Homeless people: 3,305
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 168,000
Percent renters: 35%
Total households: 1,737,123
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 816
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 831

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

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports