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Poverty News Feed
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  • Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:10:00 GMT
    There are lots of ways to take action. You can spread the word about poverty in the United States, advocate for change, find and support organizations in your community, give time or resources or contact local representatives.
  • Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:51:00 GMT
    The official poverty rate is 12.3 percent, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 estimates. That year, an estimated 39.7 million Americans lived in poverty according to the official measure.
  • Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:41:00 GMT
    In 2014 the US Census Bureau reported that the federal poverty rate was 15%, a drop of only 2.5 percentage points since Lyndon Johnson declared the war on poverty 50 years ago.
  • Sun, 09 Dec 2018 23:29:00 GMT
    In 2011 extreme poverty in the United States, meaning households living on less than $2 per day before government benefits, was double 1996 levels at 1.5 million households, including 2.8 million children. In 2012 the percentage of seniors living in poverty was 14% while 18% of children were.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:03:00 GMT
    When we compare absolute poverty in the United States with absolute poverty in India, or other poor countries, we should be using $4 in the United States and $1.90 in India.
  • Thu, 31 May 2018 13:19:00 GMT
    Report: Rural Poverty In America Is 'An Emergency' A report by Save the Children finds the U.S. ranks 36 out of 175 nations when it comes to child poverty. Within the U.S., nearly a quarter of ...
  • Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:20:00 GMT
    America is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, but it has a hidden problem when it comes to poverty and the food insecure. Here are 7 facts on poverty in America.
  • Mon, 10 Dec 2018 04:01:00 GMT
    Americans born into poverty are more likely than ever before to stay that way, according to a United Nations report on poverty and inequality in the US.
  • Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:44:00 GMT
    Forty million Americans live in poverty, nearly half in deep poverty — which U.N. investigators defined as people reporting income less than one-half of the poverty threshold. The United States ...
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Poverty Video Links
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  • Homeless in the Heartland
    How did Milwaukee, Wisconsin end up as the "twelfth meanest city in America" on the National Coalition for the Homeless list?
  • The Real Homeless Man Experiment
    Sandy is one of the most interesting people I have ever met and its unfortunate to see him in the condition he is in.
  • Poverty Rates Surge in American Suburbs
    What is the state of American poverty today? Megan Thompson reports on the less visible but growing number of poor in America's suburbs.
  • From Homelessness to Harvard
    Liz Murray talks about going from Homeless to Harvard and her new book, Breaking Night, that outlines that journey.
  • When Helping Hurts Author Interview
    An interview with Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, of the Chalmers Center, about their new book, "When Helping Hurts."
  • Tour Poverty USA
    What's life like at the poverty line? It's one impossible choice after another.
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Periodicals, Articles & Training Materials
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Link Between Poverty and Moral Issues
Article by Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service, 09/23/2014
And the least charitable state in America is…
Where does your state rank in charitable giving?
Tabloid Magazine Parody Puts Poverty on the Front Page Staff, 01/23/2014
Social Work Today
Social Work Today is a national monthly newsmagazine committed to enhancing the entire social work profession.
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Links of Interest
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United Way
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. We envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.
Circles USA
Circles® USA is the result of more than 20 years of research and the development of leadership tools for communities by Move the Mountain Leadership Center. The Circles model was developed after the organization discovered that social service agencies could reach only a small portion of the population living in poverty with real long-term solutions.
New Focus
New Focus trains Christ-centered churches to provide a process and to encourage a philosophy through which effective acts of stewardship and compassion will be accomplished, thereby generating Christ-centered relationships that impact and revitalize families and their communities.
Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope for millions of people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic background. CCUSA provides leadership and support for the work of local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.
Christian Community Development Association
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities wholistically restored. We believe that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. Not just spiritually, but emotionally, physically, economically, and socially. Not by offering mercy alone, but by undergirding mercy with justice.
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