Poverty Among Us
More than 15.5 million children in America were poor in 2014, with more than two-thirds in working families. A disproportionate number are Black and Latino. Poor children often lag behind their peers in many ways beyond income: They are often less healthy, can trail in emotional and intellectual development, and are less likely to graduate from high school. Poor children are more likely to become poor parents. Every year we let children live in poverty, it costs our nation half a trillion dollars in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs.
Poverty is the lack of money, need or scarcity. In America this definition applies to over 12.7% of its people. Poverty is not something that has just recently became an issue, it has been around for many of years. For many people in America to be in poverty means that they live from paycheck to paycheck. In most cases most people find themselves without income and unable to support themselves or their family. In America most people don’t face starvation although many suffer from undernourishment. A key issue in the area of poverty in America is inequality. Poor people are often looked upon for the state they’re in rather than how’d they get there and how can they be helped to get out. America is suspicious of the both the poor and helping them. However there have been programs implemented to help the less fortunate. Programs such as Social Security, Food stamps, and housing assistance are programs that have helped lower the high risk of poverty. These programs have helped but are not enough to eliminate poverty. America and its government along with the poor need to work find a better way.
The entire world is affected by poverty, but poverty is more noticeable in some areas around the world than others. Some of these areas are Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean. Sub sahran Africa is also one of the main places where poverty levels are high. Poverty strikes hardest in…
Poverty Among Us