NEW Cooper Center release on VA Poverty and the Social Safety Net

The current presidential election cycle provides a platform for debate about the “social safety net” – and this debate has salience for Virginia. Forty-six percent of Virginia households receive benefits from at least one social safety net program, and more than 17 percent of Virginians live with incomes near or below the poverty line.

To read more about poverty in Virginia and social safety net programs developed to assist individuals and families at all income levels, please visit the Cooper Center website: for two companion papers, interactive maps, and an interactive timeline of the history of the social safety net.