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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...

'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...

27,000 May Die Next Year Because Republican Governors, Lawmakers Refuse to Expand Medicaid

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Governors and lawmakers in 25 states who rebuff federal support to expand state Medicaid programs to 4.8 million low-income people under the ACA are sacrificing thousands of lives and pushing away enormous economic development opportunities.

'Thank God We Don't Have Kids. I Don't Know What We'd Do If We Had Kids.'

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Joanne Van Vranken, 50, lost her salaried job at a market research firm in 2011. After spending 16 months unemployed and seeking full-time work, she t...

COMING UP: The False Promise Of The American Economy

HuffPost Live | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

Despite having full time jobs, freelance gigs, and part time work, millions of Americans with jobs are barely staying afloat. We hear their personal s...

More Than 1 In 10 Americans Who Work Full Time Are Still Poor

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A good job may be hard to find in this tepid recovery, but low-wage work still abounds. Whether it's washing dishes, serving Big Macs or folding sweat...

Economic Inequality: When Is Enough Enough?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While economic disparities plague all of the nations across the planet, nowhere are these disparities more extreme than in the United States, and so I ask, when is enough enough?

Sunlight Jr. and the Daily Dramas of the Working Poor

Tiffany Williams | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics
Tiffany Williams

I love movies, but they're usually about people I have nothing in common with. The new film Sunlight Jr. starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon so accurately portrays the difficult yet mundane lives of a working poor family in Florida that I was struck with a mix of discomfort and catharsis.

Working Poor This Thanksgiving

Rebecca Smith | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business
Rebecca Smith

Thanksgiving is one of our most treasured national holidays. But while most of us will spend it sitting down to a sumptuous dinner in the company of our loved ones, some of us will be stocking shelves and working the shop floor.

Here's Why Poor People's Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense

Linda Tirado | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Linda Tirado

We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn't give us much reason to improve ourselves.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Finances but Were Afraid to Ask Ronald McDonald

Lester & Charlie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Wow. We've lived in this era of unchecked corporate greed for a while now. So it's rare that a company's actions take our breath away. But there you have it. The McDonald's hotline stopped just short of pointing out how much cheaper it is to kill yourself.

Obama's $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Fundamentally Change America

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Business

It's official, people: the President supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from its current $7.25. Such a move would drastic...

Congressional and Presidential Leadership Needed for a Fair and Equitable Farm Bill

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Will Congress and the president demonstrate the leadership necessary to enact a strong, but fair Farm Bill that protects our agricultural economy and rural communities? Will it provide a "safety net" for our most vulnerable citizens?