The state of not having enough money to take care of basic needs such as food, clothing, and housing is poverty. Poverty isn't turning around a globe and looking toward third world countries for an example. You don’t have to look far to find Poverty it is right here in America. It’s the children down the street who go to bed hungry each night. The neighbor that had their heat shut off cause they couldn’t afford the bill. The people who sleep outside every night, wear the same clothes every day eat at soup kitchens. We as a society need to be responsible for poverty and homelessness level in our country. Too many times we have looked at this problem from afar, and have not done a single thing to change it. And if we can’t change it, there is always something that us citizens can do to help these people make a better living, or we can at least show them we care.
In 2010, 46.9 million people were in poverty, up from 37.3 million in 2007. This was the fourth consecutive annual increase in the number of people in poverty, making it a gtowing problem in the United States. This is also the largest number in the 52 years in which poverty rates have been published (Poverty Facts).The 2010 poverty rate was also 15.1 percent, compared to only 12.5 percent in 1997. This is the highest poverty rate since 1993, but 7.3 percentage points lower than the poverty rate in 1959, the first year for poverty estimates. (Poverty Facts).The poverty rate for Hispanics in 2010 was 26.6 percent, for Blacks 27.4 percent. In 2010, the poverty rate increased for children under age 18 from 20.7 percent to 22.0 percent. (Poverty Facts). In America, 20.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty, meaning that their family’s cash income is less than half of the poverty line, or about $10,000 a year for a family of four (Poverty Facts).49.9 million people or 16.3 percent of the American people, do not have medical insurance...
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