Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 19,735
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 404,000
EITC recipients: 508,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 12,800
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 97,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 79,619
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 771,147
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 134,827
Participants in all Head Start programs: 23,221
Asset poverty rate: 23.6%
Average college graduate debt: $23,025
Unbanked households: 13.9%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 27.6%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 347,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 42%
Senior poverty rate: 16%
Women in poverty: 24.0%
Children in foster care: 3,955
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren: 112,839
Percent of children in immigrant families: 7%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 47%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 36
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 8.8%
Food insecurity: 16.5%
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 205,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 13%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 35.1%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 36.1%
Poverty rate: 19.6%
Unemployment rate: 6.6%
High school graduation rate: 74%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 81.9%
Percent of college students with debt: 47%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 22.9%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 11%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.87%
Homeless people: 4,606
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 145,627
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 1,718,876
Justice System
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 1,294
Total incarcerated (prison and jail): 49,100

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