poverty

Georgia — CNN is reporting on a recent trend of people who are considered “middle class” turning to food banks and other government agencies to feed their families. It is perhaps around the holidays, a period of celebration often centered on food, when there is no clearer reminder for many once middle-class families of what […]

The African-American poverty rate rose to 25.8 percent in 2009. That the poverty rate would increase from 2008 to 2009 was not a surprise. Black workers lost jobs in 2009. When blacks lose work black poverty increases. Alternatively, when blacks find work poverty declines. The highest employment rate for African Americans on record was in […]

The number of people living in poverty has climbed to 14.3 percent of Americans, the highest rate since 1994.

A crowd of people hoping to get federal housing assistance became unruly Wednesday morning with reports of fights breaking out in the crowd.

From The Urban Institute WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2010 — Already off to a tough start in life, 49 percent of American babies born into poor families will be poor for at least half their childhoods, a new Urban Institute study finds. Among children who are not poor at birth, only 4 percent will be […]

From the Huffington Post: The unfathomable depth of the poverty in Pembroke Township, Illinois has been the subject of ten years of sporadic national media attention. Those years have brought flashy press conferences, failed government initiatives and little change.

CHICAGO — Nearly half of all U.S. children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout from the current recession could push those numbers even higher, researchers say. The estimate comes from an analysis of 30 years of national data, and it bolsters other recent […]