“Millions are ill- fed, ill-clothed and ill-housed “These same millions are discriminated against in schools, the courts, and the job market place. Discrimination has the effect of trapping many of the poor in that condition. The poor are separated by the poverty thresholds. Only 1/3 of a poor persons income is spent on food and the rest on utilizes. In 2005 the U.S has 37 million poor people.
But there are more likely to be immigrants who avoid the census because they are not legal. (Estimated 3.4 million missed). African Americans make up a large proportion of the poor population. 8.4 percent of whites we officially poor compared to 22 percent Latinos and 24.7 percent of African America. Native Americans have about the same rate as African Americans and Latinos. Of the 5.9 million foreign- born individuals in the U.S 16 percent were poor.
But women are more likely than men to be poor. (24.1%-17.9%). Women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. High divorce rates and a large number of women not-being married with children, childcare has resulted in families with women being head of the household to end up being poor. This is called feminization of poverty. “Poverty does not discriminate”. But it does tend to cluster in certain places. The south 14% west 12.6 North East, 11.4 Midwest. In the metropolitan areas, the poverty rates was higher in the central cites than in the suburban areas. The proportion that is poor is increasing in the central cities, and increasingly, the poverty is more concentrated. Poverty is the greatest among those who do not have an established residence. This consists of the homeless and the migrant workers. “In 2005 the department of housing reported that there were 754,000 homeless people across the country.” It is estimated that over half of all farm workers live below the official poverty line. Out of all the major industrialized democracies the U.S has more poverty, has more sever poverty and supports its poor the...
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