Poverty in America

Poverty in America

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When a person is poor, he or she is unable to afford and sustain a constant supply of the basic human needs of clean water and sanitation food, shelter, clothing, and education without struggling to obtain them. The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living below $1 and $2 for those in moderate poverty levels. Poverty is a global problem that affects people variedly. The United States is home to millions of nationalities. However, compared to other developed nations, the USA ranked the poorest according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ADDIN ZOTERO_ITEM CSL_CITATION {“citationID”:”oKWbOIAG”,”properties”:{“formattedCitation”:”(Kneebone & Berube, 2013)”,”plainCitation”:”(Kneebone & Berube, 2013)”,”noteIndex”:0},”citationItems”:[{“id”:710,”uris”:[“http://zotero.org/users/local/rEYGfGF8/items/H8LZIKUK”],”uri”:[“http://zotero.org/users/local/rEYGfGF8/items/H8LZIKUK”],”itemData”:{“id”:710,”type”:”book”,”abstract”:”It has been nearly a half century since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. Back in the 1960s tackling poverty “in place”” meant focusing resources in the inner city and in rural areas. The suburbs were seen as home to middle- and upper-class families–affluent commuters and homeowners looking for good schools and safe communities in which to raise their kids. But today’s America is a very different place. Poverty is no longer just an urban or rural problem

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