Poverty reaches record levels, but many emergency programs for poor set to expire

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A record 43.6 million people were in poverty last year, according to new numbers from the Census Bureau. That's the most in 51 years of record keeping - it equates to one in seven Americans.

Those numbers would probably be worse if it were not for federal stimulus.

The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sent a colossal shot of cash into a wide range of programs to help the needy. But a lot of that money has been used up, and a lot of the programs are about to expire.

What programs will end, and how will it affect you?

WBTV's Melissa Hankins will report tonight at 6pm.