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Energy Insecurity among Families with Children

Hernandez, Diana; Aratani, Yumiko; Jiang, Yang

Energy insecurity (EI) reflects an inability to adequately meet basic household heating, cooling, and energy needs. EI is a pervasive and often-overlooked problem for low-income families with children. Conceptually, EI is a multi-dimensional construct that describes the interplay between structural conditions of housing and the costs of household energy. This brief describes the extent of economic EI, — disproportionate share of household income allocated to utility expenses among families with children, by family income, demographic characteristics, and geographical area, using the 2011 American Community Survey.

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Publisher
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
Publication Origin
New York
Series
Making Work Supports Work Publications
Academic Units
National Center for Children in Poverty
Sociomedical Sciences
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