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Working Poor

An Open Letter to Eric Holder and the Department of Justice

Carla Shutak | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

How do I, as a victimized consumer, apply for said relief? You see, many of us used-to-haves out here in the real world are still trying to claw and scrape our way out of the hole these financial institutions dug for us to live inside.

Health Care Professional With Master's Degree, Laid Off And Moving Back Home

Evangeline Yvonne Samples, MS, RDN, LD | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Evangeline Yvonne Samples, MS, RDN, LD

I am the last person you would expect to be among the long-term unemployed. Now I've moved in with my mother, back into my childhood bedroom.

Support Solar, But Not At The Cost Of The Working Poor

Jeff Johnson | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Jeff Johnson

Low income households that are already spending a significant portion of their income on household energy costs shouldn't be saddled with additional financial burdens because of their wealthier neighbors' decision to install rooftop solar systems.

'Sometimes I'm Down To Pennies Before It's Time To Get Paid Again'

The Huffington Post | Kasey Varner | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

Nicole Bethel, 31, works as a registered nurse in Dayton, Ohio. This morning as I stopped at the gas station, my card was declined. My gas light w...

Time for California to Set a Fair Standard for Minimum Wage Pay

Judy Patrick | Posted 06.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Judy Patrick

As of July 1, California's minimum wage will go from $8/hour to $9/hour. And by 2016, that wage will be $10. But here's the thing: inflation. AB 10 will never move families of three or four above the federal poverty line. We're going backwards. But we don't have to.

Working for Our Working Families

Maria Shriver | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Maria Shriver

Today only 20 percent of U.S. families have a working father and a stay-at-home mother. Instead, two thirds of families depend either partly or wholly on the wages of working women, and many of those families are barely making it. Fully 42 million women in this country and the 28 million kids who depend on them are teetering on or over the brink of poverty.

Income Disparity and the Minimum Wage: Six Degrees of Separation to the Solution

Gary Stein | Posted 06.12.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Income inequality is a topic that hovers over our economy like the mother ship from Independence Day. It has a national impact as well as individual impacts to millions of Americans.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

This Is What Barely Making Ends Meet In America Sounds Like

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

Starting last year, The Huffington Post asked people surviving on wages near the federal minimum, as well as those struggling to even find a job, to c...

Can a Post Office Be a Bank?

John Harrington | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
John Harrington

Instead of privatizing the post office, there may be a better way to raise revenue for the post office by providing financial services for many who need access to credit and short-term capital.

My Life On The Walmart Treadmill

Jamaad Reed | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Jamaad Reed

This is the America of the 21st century, a country divided along lines of morality, where wealth equates to power and the gap between those who have and those who don't is increasing. I will continue to speak up for those who aren't able to speak up for themselves.

Fox Business Gives Show To Poor-Bashing Analyst With Sketchy Financial History

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business

Fox Business Network is giving a show that will provide investment advice to a man with a history of promoting companies that turn out to be virtually...

Nick Wing

Here's The Painful Truth About What It Means To Be 'Working Poor' In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

In a nation that has long operated on the principle that an "American Dream" is available to anyone willing to try hard enough, the term "working poor" may seem to have a bright side.

What I Realized When I Finally Decided To Sign Up For Food Stamps

Dennis Powers | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

These were not the dregs of society looking for a handout. These were working people, just like me, who just needed some help. This was a shocking reminder of what has become of the middle class.

I Am Not a Myth

Carey Fuller | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Carey Fuller

I've become accustomed to the looks of disbelief from people who didn't know I was homeless or that I had a mini stroke while homeless.

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

Cory Brooks | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Cory Brooks

I'm a young American, finishing my last year of college, looking down a road that gets bleaker every day. My family is dirt poor; people today seem to forget that in America today families still exist who don't have TV, who don't have A/C, whose electricity gets cut off regularly, and who can't afford to buy meat.

The Challenges of Finding Employment as a 52-Year-Old Transgender Woman

Rebecca Pell | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Pell

Getting a meaningful job seems unattainable right now. I can't change things that are beyond my control. I can't change the fact that I'm 52, and that I'm transsexual with a voice like a guy.

Consensus On Inequality: So What's the Plan?

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

What's becoming clear is that in today's global financial system the rules are rigged in favor of the very rich, and hard working poor families around the globe are finding it impossible to make ends meet.

Living in a Converted Garage With a Master's Degree

DJ Cook | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
DJ Cook

My life prior to student loan debt and the economic collapse of 2008 was one of promise. I was a straight "A" student in high school and I have earned two degrees. I am a law abiding citizen and have never been arrested.

The In-Betweeners of a Broken System

Ashley Schmidtbauer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Ashley Schmidtbauer

You want to know how the working poor really live? My husband works an average of 50 hours per week just so we can barely make it paycheck to paycheck. We are the in-betweeners. Not making enough to live "comfortably" -- but not "poor" enough to get any assistance either.

The Invisible Ceiling for the American Working Poor

Stephanie S. Brooks | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Stephanie S. Brooks

If I ever get a job where I'm paid a living wage, I will probably still volunteer at both the food pantry and thrift shop because the work they are doing really helps people, and nobody knows that better than I do.

'Next Friday, I'll Be Living In My Car'

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

Vincent Oviedo, 44, said he lost his job as an executive for a facility management company in June 2013 and has had difficulty finding work since then...

Why I Lie to the Food Pantry

Trisha Lovetrove | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Trisha Lovetrove

I admit it. It's true. I lie to the people running the food pantry. But before you get out your pitchforks and righteous indignation, before you diatribe about me "abusing the system" or taking advantage, please let me explain.

My Home and My Dream, Foreclosed Upon

Carla Shutak | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

Five years later I still cry. I cry for our hard work which benefits only the banking industry and the super-rich. I cry because the government bailed out the banks who call us irresponsible. I cry because we work four times harder for half the income and will never catch up again.

Andrew Perez

Boehner Dismisses Unemployment Extension, Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ricki Ward says she will either have to sell her car or lose her apartment at the end of the month. Ward, who lives in Rancho Cucamon...

I Didn't Find the American Dream in New York City

Christian Gabriel | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Christian Gabriel

Being poor anywhere sucks, but there's perhaps a particular kind of soul crushing that one experiences being poor in New York City. On average, after rent and bills, I probably had less than three hundred dollars per month to put toward food, other expenses and social activities.