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IntroductionWeek3Poverty

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Poverty in the U.S. and  Current Welfare Structures
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What is Poverty? Inadequate financial resources to meet  basic needs Poverty Line—minimal income level at  which a person/family can meet their  basic needs—currently at  $18,400/family of four
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Who are the Poor? Approximately 13% of US residents 2/3 of Americans will require some type of  financial assistance by age 65 Risk factors include being: Female Single Non-white Elderly Under-employed
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Causes of Poverty ????????????????? ???? What do you think? ????????????????? ????
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Causes Lack of Education Born into Poverty Disease Natural Disasters Lack of Health Insurance Accidents Others?
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Types of Poverty Transitional—temporary  Marginal—longer term due to being  underemployed or periodically  unemployed Residual—chronic poverty due to  illness, lack of education/training, work  behaviors or type of employment
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Approaches to Poverty in the  US Government policies & programs on the local,  state and federal levels Religious organizations Volunteerism Redistribution of wealth thru taxation laws 
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Purpose of “Welfare” Respond to people’s needs of health,  education and well-being Help people participate fully in society 
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