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Poverty America

Poor People Have To Spend More On Toilet Paper Than The Rich: Study

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact

Underserved households often have no choice but to pass up a good deal, even if it could save them money in the long term, a new study concluded. A st...

Moving Low-Income Families To Wealthy Areas Helps End Poverty Cycle

The Atlantic | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

Like many mothers raising children in Chicago's housing projects in the 1990s and 2000s, Seitia Harris was afraid of the drugs and violence that were ...

Eleanor Goldberg

Breast Cancer Survivor Who Can't Afford $80 Life-Saving Medicine Says Christmas Will Be Tough | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

After her double mastectomy, doctors were optimistic that Annie, 35, would make a complete recovery. But now that she’s lost her health insurance an...

Reddit Users Share 'Wow, We Were Poor' Memories, Highlight Reality For Struggling Families

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.26.2014 | Impact

One in six people is struggling with hunger in America right now. Last year, the number of single-mother families living in poverty increased to 4...

Why It's More Important Now Than Ever For Congress Members To Experience Poverty | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact

There were a dozen eggs, three mangoes, and six black plums, and that was a problem. The family in the bodega line would have to cut something from th...

8 Ways Being Poor Is Wildly Expensive In America | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact

It takes money to make money, they say, but if you don’t have money you lose money. Those with the money have been cutting themselves so much of the...

Should We Even Be Fighting the War on Poverty?

Ben Irwin | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Ben Irwin

Good people will disagree on the best ways to mitigate and perhaps even eradicate poverty. But one thing is clear, at least for those of us who claim the Bible as some kind of authority: apathy in the face of poverty is not an option.

Poverty Is Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Income inequality is making us sick. Well, it's not making all of us sick. Only the poorest of us. That's what a new paper in Health Affairs by Hil...

The Greatest Successes In War On Poverty | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

America’s war on poverty turned 50 years old this week, and plenty of people have concluded that, as President Reagan put it: “We fought a war on ...

The Female Face Of Poverty | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Let me state the obvious: I have never lived on the brink. I’ve never been in foreclosure, never applied for food stamps, never had to choose betwee...

'I'm Always Filling Out Applications, But I Don't Ever Get Called Back'

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

DeAngelo Belk, 21, works part-time at a Wendy's restaurant for $7.50 an hour and is constantly searching for other means of employment. I'm staying...

Can We Disrupt Poverty By Changing How Poor Parents Talk To Their Kids? | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Small children in the most talkative homes hear, on average, 20,000 to 30,000 words in a day. That number may sound implausible. Bu...

Everyone's Talking About This Simple Solution To Ending Poverty | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact

A simple idea for eliminating poverty is garnering greater attention in recent weeks: automatically have the government give every adult a basic incom...

29 Myths About Soaring Poverty In America | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact

So let us indulge ourselves in a little bit of fact checking. Zero Hedge has a piece telling us all 29 Uncomfortable Truths About Soaring Poverty In A...

Poverty Rate Ignores Programs That Fight Poverty | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact

New U.S. poverty numbers come out on Tuesday. But what, exactly, do those numbers measure? Consider the case of Ann Valdez. She's a 47-year-old sin...


The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.17.2013 | Business

The U.S. poverty rate was essentially unchanged at 15 percent in 2012, as roughly 46.5 million people were stuck living at or below the poverty line, ...

We Need To Treat Poor Neighborhoods Like Developing Countries | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact

The average life expectancy in Japan right now, home to one of the healthiest, longest-living populations in the world, is about 83 years. That's four...

Jennifer Bendery

'Missing In Action': Congress Ignores America's Poor | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a time when Republicans on Capitol Hill are expressing outrage over canceled White House tours, something more deserving of outrage i...

Entrepreneurship: One Answer to Poverty

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

All around the world, and in the countries and provinces and neighborhoods held captive by some of the most entrenched and toughest to battle poverty, women and men turn to business to feed their families.

The Roots of Poverty

Bruce Hartford | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Bruce Hartford

Most poor people have productive jobs -- often multiple jobs -- and they are working longer and longer hours but remain mired in poverty. This is not caused by lack of opportunity alone, it's also caused by lack of power to change the systems that create and continually recreate poverty.

Watch 'The Line': The Most Important Film You'll See This Year

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Every four years for the last 40 years (even before we were called Sojourners), our community has done what we can to lift up the issue of poverty during presidential elections. So it is with that spirit that I am proud to present a new short film called The Line.

'Poverty Tour 2.0' Kicks Off In Cleveland

Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact

Famed public radio hosts Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are taking their show on the road to help fight poverty nationwide. U.S. poverty rates are s...

Why I Hate the 'Middle Class' but Love Working Americans

Eric Sapp | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics
Eric Sapp

Republicans are the Party of the Rich. Democrats now fashion ourselves the Party of the "Middle Class." Can anyone think of a group left with no champion? Here's a hint: 20% of Americans with a full time job are getting paid so little that their family of four is still living in poverty.

Developing a System of Accountability

Jeremy Everett | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Jeremy Everett

We as a nation cannot agree upon who is at fault for poverty and whose responsibility it is to address it. We are bent on it being one type of problem and one sector's responsibility.

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Rightfully Scare Us

Ben Mangan | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Ben Mangan

The heart of Smiley and West's message is simple and profound: the United States is far more economically divided than most people want to acknowledge,and this chasm will destroy our nation.