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Poverty in New Hampshire: 2014 Poll

In 2014, the Investing in Communities Initiative (ICI), a capacity-building initiative in New Hampshire from 2013-2016, commissioned a public and legislator opinion research project on the issue of poverty in New Hampshire. The project was conducted by a group of professional researchers and consisted of focus groups, a poll of New Hampshire residents, and a focused survey of members of the New Hampshire legislature.

In a session with the pollsters in January 2015, ICI shared in-depth findings from the research and communications guidance for talking about policies to reduce poverty with a group of 40 advocacy leaders. ICI staff also shared the findings of the survey with advocates and legislators at the “Walk a Day in My Shoes” poverty simulation conducted in May 2015 and in less formal settings of advocates, including meetings of the NH CARES coalition.

Poll Results Press Release & Slides

Learn more about the project and key findings in this February 2015 interview with New Hampshire Public Radio.

For additional information about this research, contact staff at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute.

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Federal Shutdown Threatens Food Assistance Benefits

24 Jan 2019

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The continuing partial federal government shutdown has jeopardized the continuation of food assistance through the New Hampshire Food Stamp Program to more than 78,000 individuals, including 30,000 children. The shutdown has prompted a shift in the timing of benefits for February in a way that might make it difficult for some families to pay for food throughout the month, and may leave those in need without food assistance beyond February if the shutdown continues.