- How do we, as a nation, address the ever-growing issue of poverty in the United States?
- Methods of addressing poverty through traditional social service programs have not been effective in reducing the growing rate of poverty nationwide.
- Poverty in America is at an all-time high and growing at an alarming rate.
- 49.1 million Americans—approximately 1 in 6—live in poverty today (Salvation Army Report to America).
- As poverty increases, families are increasingly vulnerable: In Pennsylvania, approximately 1 in 7 families live in poverty today.
- Last year, about 48 million Americans ages 18 to 64 did not work even one week out of the year, up from 45 million in 2009.
- For the first time since the Great Depression, median household incomes (adjusted for inflation) have not risen (Harvard 2012).
Core Problem- Intergenerational Poverty:
- At the root of poverty lies intergenerational poverty- A defining characteristic of chronically poor people is that they remain in poverty over a long period. This can mean that poverty is transmitted from one generation to another, with poor parents having poor children, who are more likely to become poor adults themselves.
- The longer a child is in poverty, the greater the chance he or she will remain in poverty as an adult: children who are in poverty for more than half of their childhood are 32x more likely to be in poverty as an adult.
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