We have added the history of spending on the Federal Safety Net over the past 50 years and contrasted that to the level of poverty in the nation over this same timeframe.  The results are dismal.  We have increased spending from $445 to $7,741 per person in poverty over 50 years, yet the percentage of the population in poverty has remained fairly flat at between 12 – 15% of the population.   It is time to readdress our goals and seek meaningful change to our antipoverty system. 

A summary of our findings is included on the Safety Net Programs Page and a full analysis on the webpage entitled Poverty and Spending Over the Years.