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US Poverty Rate

This 1 Chart Shows Why Social Security Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business

The nation’s poverty crisis would be a lot worse if it wasn’t for safety net programs -- particularly Social Security, a new analysis finds. I...

Help Shrinks As Poverty Spikes In The US

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact

BALTIMORE — Antonio Hammond is the $18,000 man. He's a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of a multitude of organizations t...

Why We're Winning The War On Poverty

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business

“We declared war on poverty,” Ronald Reagan famously proclaimed, “and poverty won.” And indeed, as measured by the official poverty rate, ...

Latest Poverty Numbers a Wake-Up Call: We Must Continue to Support This President

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Over the last few weeks, we observed both the Democratic and Republican conventions. It was easy to absorb the difference between the two parties. One was dedicated to fighting for the middle-class and poor of this country, the other for millionaires and billionaires.

Poverty Must Become a Top Priority for All of Us

Hassan Jaber | Posted 10.29.2012 | Detroit
Hassan Jaber

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThe war on poverty must become a national priority, one that enables us to achieve a livable wage, health care and a safety net for all Americans, regardless of race or gender.

Preying on the Poor

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.

Rediscovering Poverty

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

By the Reagan era, the "culture of poverty" had become a cornerstone of conservative ideology: poverty was caused, not by low wages or a lack of jobs, but by bad attitudes and faulty lifestyles.

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 1: Overview

Arloc Sherman | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Unemployment and long-term unemployment remained very high, as did the percentage Americans without health insurance. Yet things aren't nearly as bad as they could have been.

Alternative Census Measure Indicates Poverty Higher Than Previously Thought

AP | By HOPE YEN | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A record number of Americans – 49.1 million – are poor, based on a new census measure that for the first time takes into acc...

Poverty Rates Swelled In Almost All U.S. States, Cities In 2010

Posted 12.20.2011 | Business

The ranks of the poor rose in almost all U.S. states and cities in 2010, despite the end of the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Gr...

Study: Recession Pushed 25 Percent Of Young U.S. Children Into Poverty

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

Twenty-five percent of very young children in America are living in poverty, according to an analysis of Census data released Thursday. The number...

America's Poorest States

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

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What My Hurricane Irene Evacuation Taught Me About Poverty

Keli Goff | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

Most of us know that there are countless downsides to being poor, but as far as the day-to-day reality of what that actually means for people living in poverty, many of us are vague on the details and prefer to remain that way.

Laura Bassett

Lawmakers In Poorest States Fail Poverty Scorecard

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. poverty rate jumped to 14.3 percent in 2009 -- its highest level since 1994 -- while lawmakers in some of the poorest states co...

America's Kids: Bearing the Brunt of the Recession

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Shriver

The age group with the highest rates of poverty in the US are children under 18. We can have a robust debate about the role of government for adults living in poverty but children can't work and they can't vote.

New Record Poverty? Make Kids' Brains "Too Big to Fail"

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

Even short-term poverty driven by recession can scar families and hurt the future employment prospects and health outcomes of children.

9 Signs Of America In Decline: Bad News For Jobs, Education, Happiness

U.S. News & World Report | Rick Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The sky isn't falling, exactly. America isn't on a fast track to irrelevance. Even in a state of total neglect, we could probably shamble along as a d...