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Poverty In The Unites States Running Head: Poverty in the United States Poverty in the United States Idris Malone Axia College 220/COM Research Writing Mark Hassenstab 12/10/2010
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Poverty In The Unites States If one has ever watched the movie “Friday,” 9 out of 10 people are familiar with the infamous line, “ Y'all ain't never got two things that match. Either y'all got Kool-aid, no sugar. Peanut butter, no jelly. Ham, no burger”. The movie is based on two African American teens living in the poor area of South Central, Los Angeles. Most people view this movie and the infamous line as harmless comedy making fun of poor people. In reality, these are everyday situations that affect people and families who live in poverty. Being a single mother raising three children on welfare was not an easy task. She would always tell the children, “Do not be like me.” She had dropped out of school in the ninth grade. Refusing to go back to school to earn her diploma or GED, she relied on the welfare system to help feed and take care of her family. Pork and Beans became a household favorite because that would be the only thing in the pantry to eat. At times, we would substitute water for milk in order to eat cereal. Having peanut butter with no jelly might be funny to others but it is a reality to people living in poverty. Poverty exists because of a poor economy, cutbacks in government funding, and inflation on the cost of living. Poverty has incapacitated the citizens of the United States for several years now. The government believes the recession has arrived and diminished the hearts and souls of people who have surrendered to this hardship. There are many reasons why people are living in poverty such as, homelessness, low wage jobs, drugs and alcohol, lack of education, and job outsourcing. As these circumstances increase, the poverty rate continues to rise substantially. Firstly, how does one determine if they are living above or below the poverty line? There is a certain criteria described by the Department of Health & Human Services one has to coincide with. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in 2009, the poverty guidelines for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia were determined by how
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Poverty In The Unites States many people lived in a single household times their yearly income to establish if someone fits the criteria of living in poverty. Table one show the poverty guidelines for persons in single family. Table 1 The 2009 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia Persons in family Poverty guideline 1 $10,830 2 14,570 3 18,310 4 22,050 5 25,790 6 29,530 7 33,270 8 37,010 For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,740 for each additional person. From the Federal Register , Vol. 74, No. 14, January 23, 2009, pp. 4199–4201 Homelessness is a major factor one has to consider when poverty issues are discussed.
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