Federal and state safety net programs lift around 420,000 Connecticut residents out of poverty and reduce the state’s poverty rate from 22.7% (before counting government benefits and taxes) to 10.9%. Many of those who benefit are children: the safety net lifts about 84,000 children above the poverty line, reducing their poverty rate from 20.7% to 10.3%. Social Security is the strongest link in the net lifting nearly 280,000, mostly elderly, people above poverty and reducing the elderly poverty rate from nearly 50% to just under 13%. SNAP helps an estimated 70,000 rise above poverty by assisting about 440,000 people a month, including 160,000 children.
Source: Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 8/2/16, Safety Net in Connecticut