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Working Poor

When Working Hard Still Means You're 'Working Poor'

Dirk Hughes | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

My story is not unique. It may be surprising, but it is not unique. I have a doctorate. I have been employed full-time for 35 years with only a week or so between jobs. I have worked my butt off my entire adult life. I do not have a drinking or gambling problem. And I still live paycheck to paycheck.

'I Don't Know What's Going To Happen If I Lose The House'

Andrew Perez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Beverly Hill, 60, was laid off in 2007 and hasn't found a steady, full time job since. She’s run up credit card debt and spent her retirement money ...

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Won't Budge on $10.10 As New Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While they're willing to haggle over the finer points of a minimum wage hike, congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they will not lo...

I Am The New Working Poor And I'm Not Alone

Dennis Powers | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

I am the new working poor. The "better life" that my parents worked so hard to make for me, that I worked so hard to improve, had come down to this decision: whether to purchase food for my belly or the medication to prevent another stroke.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, America finally turned its attention to the urgent problem of its bridges -- or at least one bridge. As a media storm erupted over a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, accountability for our nation's crumbling infrastructure continued to cruise right by. Maybe we could divert some of those lanes of outrage toward the fact that nearly 80,000 American bridges are falling apart. This week also marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. From 1964 to 1973, the poverty rate fell from 19 to 10 percent. But over the ensuing years, it's climbed to 15 percent, as the War on Poverty has become a War on Poor People. An estimated 6.8 million people could put poverty in their rear view mirror with a proposed increase of the minimum wage to $10.10. But like a "traffic study" on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, our leaders' desire to truly fight a war on poverty seems endlessly stalled.

America's Struggling Families Need a Farm Bill

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Earlier this week I was accompanied by Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton and Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo as we visite...

Michael McAuliff

Marco Rubio's Cure For Poverty? Subsidize Crummy Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio joined the Republican chorus declaring Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" a failure Wednesday and proposed his o...

The Slow Grip Of Poverty

Carly Paul | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Carly Paul

This is how I came to be in poverty's grip. It was not overnight, and it was not all because of me, and not all because a system that failed me, and not all because of a dysfunctional family, and not all because of overblown capitalism, and not all because of any one thing.

From War on Poverty to War on Working Poor

Rep. Frederica Wilson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Frederica Wilson

This week marks two anniversaries. It's not only the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty but also the 1,100th consecutive day of the Republican House of Representatives' refusal to vote on a single serious piece of jobs legislation.

20 Things The Poor Really Do Every Day

Ben Irwin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Ben Irwin

While it's popular to think people are poor because they're lazy, the poor actually work longer and harder than the rest of us.

Ryan Grim

Viral Poverty Blogger Closing In On Book Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Linda Tirado is in the final stages of securing a book deal based on her essay about poverty that went viral in November, Tirado and her agent, Mollie...

Data, Privacy and Economic Station: The Data Vulnerabilities of Those Less Advantaged

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.02.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While we have decided to protect certain classes of people (children) and information (health and financial), we may not be doing enough to protect consumers who do not have the means, or choices available to them, to protect themselves.

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

My Poverty, Like My Asperger's, Is Not a Myth

Whitney Bradley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Whitney Bradley

I'm lost, suffocating in poverty, and I have a disability that is the primary cause of that. My credit is so bad I can't even get a cell phone contract. I work incredibly hard and I am incredibly skilled. But what I can't do is shake hands and make eye contact all day. And because of that I've been homeless more than a few times.

'I Feel Like We're Climbing A Hill That's About To Give Out Into A Mudslide'

Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Kelly Lingo, 22, a stay-at-home mom and student and her boyfriend, Alex Felkins, 24, are raising their 9-month-old son in the struggling city of Stock...

Jessica Prois

What Christmas Is Like For A Working Poor Family Living On $10,000 A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Rachel Britton had hoped to buy a ham for her family this Christmas. It didn't even have to be perfectly glazed or have all the fixings. But she wo...

A Helping Hand for Those Who Serve

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

It is a good thing that we live in a country where a strong safety net exists to support those who find themselves in need. In a country as bountiful and blessed as the United States, no one should go hungry.

Dave Jamieson

13 States Will Raise Their Minimum Wage For The New Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Minimum wage workers in a handful of states will be ringing in the new year with an automatic pay raise. As Congress considers legis...

'It's Dirty Work And It's Often Demeaning Work, But At Least It's Work'

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

Vanessa Powell, 29, works full time in a Goodwill warehouse in Seattle for $9.25 an hour. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in b...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Life Under the Wheel of a $1,000 Stroller

Karen Paperno | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Karen Paperno

Mine has become a neighborhood of excess and ease while I have sunk into poverty. Here I am, the owner of a shop in the epicenter of the baby universe, and I can't make my rent. I just want people to know how some of us are hiding in plain sight, serving you with a smile while our gut lurches with hunger and anxiety.

'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...

'I May Die Broke. I May Get More Poor. I May Turn Around And Get Money Again. I Just Don't Know.'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Carol Sarao, 57, was a successful musician for many years before the economy soured on the music business. For the past seven years, she's worked a se...

'When You Make This Kind Of Money, You Don't Eat Much'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

Bernadette Feazell, 65, works at a pawn shop in Austin, Texas. She's worked there four years and makes $8 an hour, plus commission. I work at Musta...

Jesus at the Food Bank

Jack Levison | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

Here I am, a middle-aged professor of Bible, and I'm being taught about Jesus by a couple of homeless men who are figuring out what to take from the food bank.

HOPELESS: Congress Leaving Unemployed Out In The Cold

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter, Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

Note to the 1.3 million Americans wondering if Congress will cut off their unemployment benefits at year-end: It's hopeless. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore...