iOS app Android app

US Poverty

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

Why I'll Miss Rick Santorum

Ann O'Leary | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Ann O'Leary

Here is why I love Rick Santorum and why I paid close attention to his presidential bid, which he finally abandoned this week: Throughout his career in politics, Rick Santorum has never stopped talking about children and families.

Parents Must Make the Grade on Involvement

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Last week, Louisiana State Rep. Joe Harrison introduced a bill in that state's legislature that -- if passed -- would grade parents on the level and quality of their involvement in their kid's education.

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.

Want to Fight Poverty? Give Someone a Stage

Keith Weissglass | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Keith Weissglass

Ask a young person today, "How can you make the world a better place?" Few will reply, "Go to business school!"

Nobody Goes It Alone: Reframing the Poverty Discussion

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

"Poor" people don't need anything different from what anybody else needs. The faster we recognize that, and build our social programs in accordance with it, the more good we'll be able to do.

Makers, Takers and $2-a-Dayers

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The right pushes a delusional narrative of a country divided between "makers and takers" -- productive go-getters versus welfare-hungry sloths. But it's all too clear who the real takers are: the ones who make it harder for everyone else to make a living.

Gene Demby

Tavis Smiley: 'This Is Our Last, Best Chance To Turn This Around' | Gene Demby | Posted 03.15.2012 | Black Voices

"Two decades ago we were celebrating what was the Year Of The Woman in '92, and now we're dealing with a war on women in 2012," Tavis Smiley said on a...

8 Facts About Poverty That Will Blow Your Mind -- And What You Can Do

Sid Mohn | Posted 05.13.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

We can't allow politicians to chip away at the services that keep people fed, housed, and on the road to becoming self-sufficient. And we can't continue to see the problem of poverty as someone else's problem.

Debunking Myths About Food Stamps

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Food insecurity in America is a major public health concern that has increased significantly during the recent economic recession. The upcoming presidential election has put a spotlight on the increase in SNAP enrollment in recent years.

Dr. King's Dream: 700 Credit Score Communities

John Hope Bryant | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

Economic justice is at the root of all social justice. Today, we must make Dr. King's dream real by actually making free enterprise and capitalism work for the poor and the under-served.

Introducing "Breakdown: Americans on the Edge"

Timothy L. O'Brien | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Timothy L. O'Brien

The Huffington Post is launching a year-long exploration and examination of the lives of middle class and poor Americans in a series called "Breakdown: Americans on the Edge."

Poverty Moves To The Suburbs (MAPS)

Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

Read more: Breakdown: Americans on the Edge...

Tom Zeller Jr.

For America's Least Fortunate, The Grip Of Poverty Spans Generations | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business

PITTSBURGH -- In the basement of Hill House, a community center just outside of this city's bustling downtown, Brooklyn Davis clutches a plastic fork ...

It's One Of Those Recoveries Where People Can't Afford Food

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Here in the United States, growing numbers of people can't afford that most basic of necessities: food. More Americans said they struggled to buy f...

What Did Congress Do to Combat Poverty in 2011? Virtually Nothing

Dan Lesser | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Dan Lesser

The 2011 Poverty Scorecard rates every member of Congress on how they voted on anti-poverty legislation.

Opening My Eyes To Poverty On A Greyhound Bus

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Paul Stoller

When you take a Greyhound Bus it is difficult to close your eyes to the face of poverty in America.

Notched-down Generation

Ralph da Costa Nunez | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Ralph da Costa Nunez

For some families, notched-down means cutting back on entertainment, no longer eating in restaurants, clipping coupons or skipping vacations. For others, the events of recent years have far more serious consequences.

Saki Knafo

Amid A Rising Tide Of Poverty, A Proposal To Change New York's Homeless Shelters | Saki Knafo | Posted 02.07.2012 | New York

As a tide of poverty rises throughout the country, the Bronx stands out as a place where the waters have climbed especially high. So it's no great sur...

The "Holeist" of Holes in the Safety Net

Jodie Levin-Epstein | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Jodie Levin-Epstein

The responsibility of government is at the heart of the 2012 presidential campaign. A challenge for the candidates should be to come up with a list of holes and which they think are the "holeist."

Amanda Terkel

The Reality Behind Rhetoric About Food Stamps | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rhetoric about jobs is everywhere during this campaign season. To emphasize how much they want to create jobs and how valuable s...

Hispanics Hit Harder In Bad Economy, Pew Reports

Posted 02.01.2012 | Latino Voices

As the debate on immigration widens the gap between Republican and Democratic Latino voters, there seems to be one issue that unites Hispanics -- the ...

The Fight To Save The American Dream | Posted 01.18.2012 | Fifty

If you're part of the one percent, even getting fired comes with a cushion made of eiderdown. GMI, a research company that gets paid to keep an eye on...

Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity

Byron Williams | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

If there remains an unspoken Faustian bargain to not hear the cries of the poor, what should we expect when they reach the "Fannie Lou Hamer moment?" Hamer, a civil rights heroine, famously opined: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."

Poverty 2.0

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

End-of-year news stories about holiday spending happily reported on the unexpectedly high totals many Americans spent -- or put on credit -- this year. But for millions of families there was another story.