poverty

According to a special report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty. The number of those living in poverty in America has grown by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months, and that is the largest increase that we have ever seen since the U.S. government began calculating […]

Has the narrative of poverty been so interwoven with images of blackness for so long that we have forgotten that white Americans are poor, too? SEE ALSO: Is Unconditional Love A Lie? TheRoot published an article recently that says the national conversation around poverty has been discussed as if its just a black issue. White […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans – nearly 1 in 2 – have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government’s safety net frays. […]

Government aid helped cut the poverty rate nearly in half, according to a study conducted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. See also: Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones Receive Honorary Oscars At Governors Awards See also: Delois Blakely: ‘Sister Act’ Lawsuit Alleges Disney, Sony Stole Her Story The Census Bureau estimates that last […]

Sesame Street is on a mission to tackle childhood hunger and homelessness premiering a new character whose background highlights children who live in such poverty. Lily, the newest muppet on Sesame Street, comes from an impoverished family and will make her debut in a¬†primetime special on Oct. 9. “We are honored that Sesame Street, with […]

Reverend Jesse Jackson wants to revive the “War on Poverty.” Reflecting on former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s efforts, Jackon commended the nations’ introduction of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Trial Nutrition Act. “If we can bailout banks if we can reconstruct Iran and Afghanistan then we can do a war on poverty that works,” Jackson told […]

The number of Americans living under the poverty line in the U.S. hit a 52-year-high, according to the new U.S. Census. The report, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010,” showed that close to 15.1 percent of all Americans now live below the poverty line. Though the most shocking statistic of […]

With lawmakers in Washington battling over the budget, many programs including President Obama’s anti-poverty initiatives may soon face dire cuts. House Republicans zeroed out all three parts of the president’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives: the school-centered Promise Neighborhoods, the housing-focused Choice Neighborhoods and the law enforcement-oriented Byrne Criminal Justice Initiative. City Limits Reports: All three programs […]

With Social Security possibly on the chopping block in debt talks in Washington, a report reveals that single, elderly, African-American women will be further driven into poverty. According to the National Women’s Law Center’s analysis of Current Population Survey data shows that if chained CPI, a Social Security COLA is cut, the median benefit for […]

Organized by Sojourners, a Washington, D.C.-based national network of Christians focused on social justice issues, the plea continues with¬† the “Circle of Protection” effort launched during federal budget debates earlier this year to propose keeping cuts to social services off the table. It has culminated with an open letter begging on the behalf of the […]