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45 Million Americans Still Stuck Below Poverty Line

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

Despite five years of economic recovery, poverty is still stubbornly high in America. More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans...

The War on Poverty 50 Years Later -- Time to Focus On Youth

Mark Edwards | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Mark Edwards

Nearly 6 million young people in the United States are floundering, unable to secure a meaningful foothold in either school or work. 20 percent of them live in poverty, numbers that soared since the Great Recession and have remained stagnant.

Re-Learning the Lessons of the War on Poverty

Martha J. Bailey | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Martha J. Bailey

Critics are right that the War on Poverty has been expensive, but wrong to call it a failure. Yes, poverty is still with us, but many of its often forgotten programs were landmark successes.

This Is What Poverty Would Look LIke If The GOP Had Its Way

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty. Though far from over, and labeled a failure by Republicans...

A $10.10 Minimum Wage Could Lift About 5 Million Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could help lift nearly 5 million people out of poverty, a new study finds. If Congress were to...

The U.S. Has 50 Million Poor People

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

* Overall rate stuck at 16 percent -Census Bureau * Social Security a big boost for elderly, disabled * Alternative data...

Poverty Rate Ignores Programs That Fight Poverty

www.npr.org | 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...

First Impressions of the 2012 Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Data

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The good news from today's 2012 income and poverty results is that for the first year since the great recession hit, things aren't getting worse. The bad news is that three years into an economic recovery, they're not getting better either.

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamps Kept 4 Million Out Of Poverty In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Food stamps kept 4 million Americans out of poverty last year, the government announced Tuesday in its annual update on income, poverty ...

Jillian Berman

Millions Living Above The Poverty Line Also Struggle To Get By

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business

For nearly 30 years, Elena Keating made a career helping low-income Americans find and keep affordable housing. Now, she's the one struggling. Kea...

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...

The Energy Boom: American Indians Need Not Apply?

D.A. Barber | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
D.A. Barber

It may sound a bit quixotic, but has the oil industry -- with profits on a clear upswing -- made a collaborative effort to reach out to the energy boom region's unemployed tribal members?

Arthur Delaney

Poverty Stalks The Suburbs

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- There's nothing Deidre Duffy would rather do than host a backyard barbecue for a few friends. "I don't want anything fancy,...

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...

Extreme Poverty: A Matter of Justice

Justine Lucas | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Justine Lucas

At 29, I stand on that precipice of the big 3-0, taking stock of my life thus far, dreaming and scheming and doing a fair bit of self-analysis. But when I step back from this fortuitous deconstruction, I am left simply with one fact -- I am fortunate.

The Challenge of Overcoming Poverty

John Thompson | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
John Thompson

A new study indicates that families that move to somewhat less poor neighborhoods saw modest gains, while students who moved to schools that might have been slightly better saw no gains. That is disappointing but not particularly surprising.

It's Hard for People to Believe It When Government Gets It Right

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The safety net worked. While official poverty rates -- which exclude much of the value of the safety net -- increased from 12.5 percent to 15 percent, 2007-11, the alternative measure, though higher at a point in time (accurately measured, there are more poor people than the official measure reveals), was essentially unchanged. That's right -- the deepest recession since the Great Depression and poverty didn't go up, at least not when you measure it correctly. I'm not saying we don't have work to do when it comes to a functional, efficient government sector... there's a whole lot to improve. But folks really need to look at these issues with open eyes, minds, and non-jerking knees. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Poverty in America

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

Working toward eliminating poverty is necessary toward the social, psychological and economic wellbeing of the United States. We need to strategically approach inclusive strategies that will allow for all Americans to thrive -- particularly those living in poverty.

Tackling the Growing Poverty Gap

William C. Thompson, Jr. | Posted 12.01.2012 | New York
William C. Thompson, Jr.

The Census Bureau statistics quantify New Yorker's current misery. Let's respond with a pragmatic sense of purpose and persistence.

Fact Check: Nielsen Reveals 10 Insights On Black Spending Power And What Drives It

Posted 09.25.2012 | Black Voices

Despite what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says about the unemployment rate among blacks, and the U.S. Census' report on how the median income h...

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.

Census Bureau Releases 2011 Poverty Data - Downward Trends Continue

Dan Lesser | Posted 11.14.2012 | Impact
Dan Lesser

The Census numbers paint a picture of continuing high rates of poverty, government programs that provide an essential safety net, a major decline in middle class living standards, and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor that is undermining our economic recovery.

The Unfinished War

Richard C. Leone | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

The United States has proven over several decades to be more tolerant of poverty and of homelessness and other associated ills than is the case in other industrialized countries.

Culture of Poverty in America

Linetta J. Gilbert | Posted 06.12.2012 | Impact
Linetta J. Gilbert

The culture of poverty, i.e., the environment, institutions, individual behaviors, policies and practices of poverty in the U.S., have affected those who experience poverty as well as those who are observers to its conditions.

Many Americans Aren't Earning Enough To Keep Out Of Poverty

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

In this post-recession economy you may be able to get a job, but that doesn't necessarily protect you from falling into poverty. In 2010, the numb...