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Poverty in America

This Is What It's Like To Be A Single Mom On Food Stamps

Posted 07.26.2014 | Divorce

By StephQJ for DivorcedMoms.com A couple of weeks ago, my 13-year-old son called to share with me something he'd heard on conservative talk radio i...

Photos Of Waikiki's Homeless Reveal What It's Like To Live On The Streets In Paradise

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

A good night’s sleep in Waikiki is hard to come by for Roberta Huddy. She became homeless about a year ago after losing her job as a guest servic...

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...

Social Innovation Summit 2014: The Power of Peer Impact

Jennifer Sertl | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Jennifer Sertl

Exactly a year ago United Nation's Assistant Secretary-General Robert C. Orr declared, "We will innovate, then we will renovate." At Social Innovation...

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.

Poverty Less Than .02 Percent of Lead Media Coverage

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Media
Tavis Smiley

Why are media stories on poverty in America so insufficient? Stories that showcase the faces of poverty do not grab the public's attention the way that entertainment, political and economic stories do -- unless poverty stories are controversial or negative, that is.

'I'm Lucky If I Can Buy Gas To Get To Work'

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

Janet Weatherly, 43, lost her job with a federal contractor in New Mexico and moved across the country to her parents' house near Pittsburgh. She make...

America's New Poverty: The Poverty That Must Be Defeated

Frank Islam | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

In this 50th anniversary year of the initiation of the War on Poverty (War), there has been much discussion about the war and its relative success and failure. There has been far too little attention paid, however, to America's new poverty.

Why Isn't the Times a-Changin'?

Robert Miraldi | Posted 04.20.2014 | Media
Robert Miraldi

I always thought, perhaps naively, that the Times was not going after just the wealthy, that they might have a commitment to people at the lower end of the wealth scale. Then I encountered the February 11 edition.

A Hand Up Is Not a Handout

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Let's do a mini-lesson in critical thinking. Here's a glossary of programs that many lawmakers love to hate. Let's examine whether they are a drain on or a benefit to individuals, their families and our communities.

Science for the Poor: Making Vaccines to Combat Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Science can offer a lot to prevent these infections, thereby making poor people well enough to go back to work, children healthy and intellectually vibrant, and improving pregnancy outcomes.

California's Jerry Brown: The Richest Candidate in the Nation's Poorest State

John Hrabe | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
John Hrabe

Walmart and other multi-national corporations have made Brown the richest candidate in the country. No wonder the governor is indifferent to inequality.

Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

With post offices and postal workers already on the ground, USPS could partner with banks to make a critical difference for millions of Americans who don't have basic banking services because there are almost no banks or bank branches in their neighborhoods.

'There's A Constant Terror That My Family Is Going To Starve To Death'

Andrew Perez | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Jason H. Derr, 37, lives near Portland, Ore., with his wife, Erin, and their young son. He makes $10.75 an hour working as a caregiver for adults with...

'I Feel Like I'm Just Starting My Life And I'm Already Miles And Miles Behind'

Eugene Mulero | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Monica Simon, 24, works full time at an online advertising firm in Philadelphia and earns $23,000 a year after taxes. She has a Bachelor of Arts degre...

'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 ...

Seniors Remain on Frontline in War on Poverty

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

There are approximately 6.5 million people age 65 and over living in poverty in America today -- a number that is too high and, unfortunately, only growing.

America's 'New' Diseases of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Today the poorest people living in our nation still suffer from a group of diseases linked to extreme poverty, especially in the southern United States. Many of them will be afflicted with neglected tropical diseases. Are we ready?

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.

'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...

'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...

'You Plan On Sending Your Kids To College. It's Now Out Of The Question.'

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

Larry Silveira, 60, worked a full-time, salaried job until a motorcycle injury in 2009 took him out of the workforce for two years. Until then, he liv...