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As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012 

As many as 1.2 million loans were “missing” in 2012

The drop can be attributed to low credit availability. Black and Hispanic borrowers have been disproportionately affected.

Source: 2014, Where Have All the Loans Gone? The Impact of Credit Availability on Mortgage Volume
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15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

The poverty rate was roughly as high as it has been in any year since 1965, but it lower than one might expect post-recession.

Source: 2013, Poverty in the United States
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In 2012, 96% of gains in charitable giving were offset by losses in giving

In 2012, 96% of gains in charitable giving were offset by losses in giving

Gains of $769 million from new, current, and previously lapsed donors were nearly canceled out by losses of $735 million.

Source: 2013, 2013 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report
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79% of Sierra Leoneans had access to a water source within 15 minutes in 2011

79% of Sierra Leoneans had access to a water source within 15 minutes in 2011

That’s an 30 percent increase from 2005.

Source: 2014, Local Government Discretion and Accountability in Sierra Leone
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In the DC area, 1 in 10 individuals over age 5 is limited- or non-English proficient

In the DC area, 1 in 10 individuals over age 5 is limited- or non-English proficient

DC is one of only a few cities in the United States to have passed translation and interpretation access legislation. 

Source: 2014, Ten Years of Language Access in Washington, DC
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76%: The increase in SNAP use between the beginning of the recession in 2007 and 2012

76%: The increase in SNAP use between the beginning of the recession in 2007 and 2012

46 million people received SNAP benefits in 2012, making the $72 billion program a key part of the social safety net.

Source: 2012, SNAP’s Role in the Great Recession and Beyond
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