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Poverty -- United States

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Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

Established in 1966 by the US Office of Economic Opportunity, the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), University of Wisconsin-Madison, investigates the "causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality" in the United States. Often a source of in-depth information on welfare reform, IRP research is available in full text via the quarterly publication Focus (Fall 1994 to present), IRP...
Poverty in the United States, 1999

Last Tuesday, the US Census Bureau released their annual report on poverty. The report gives data on poverty rates by selected characteristics -- age, race, nativity, family composition, work experience, and geography. Findings reveal that the nation's poverty rate dropped from 12.7 percent in 1998 to 11.8 percent in 1999, the lowest rate since 1979. In addition, "real median household income...
A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities 2000

The United States Conference of Mayors makes available its annual status report on hunger and homelessness in America's cities. "The survey, conducted in 25 cities, examined the causes of hunger and homelessness, the demographic groups that make up this population, demand for emergency food and housing-related assistance, model programs that respond to these problems, and the projected impact of...
Hardships in America: The Real Story of Working Families

This 115-page report, released by Economic Policy Institute (EPI) at the end of July 2001, "is the most comprehensive study of family hardships ever published." The report examines the plight of the working poor by determining basic family budgets for communities across the nation -- the amount of money a family needs for food, housing, utilities, child care, transportation, and health care -- and...
New Releases from Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates

In August, the US Census Bureau released newly-compiled data on income and poverty as part of the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program. The aim of the program is to provide more current estimates of selected income and poverty statistics than the most recent decennial census by using data from states, counties, and school districts. The newest data tables online from SAIPE are...
Marriage, Poverty, and Public Policy

According to recent census statistics, the poverty level for families headed by single moms is 33%, while the poverty level for two parent families with children is only 6%. For this reason, many people feel the solution to poverty reduction is merely to marry off single moms. However, according to the report "Marriage, Poverty, and Public Policy," the solution to lessening this percentage gap is...
The Role of Community Development Corporations in Promoting the Well-Being of Young Children

Prepared by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), "The Role of Community Development Corporations in Promoting the Well-Being of Young Children" is an extremely well designed and documented record of the impact of poverty on the lives of young Americans. With more than 12 million children living below the poverty line, many young Americans are in need of all the help they can get,...
Stunning Progress, Hidden Problems: The Dramatic Decline of Concentrated Poverty in the 1990s

The issue of concentrated poverty is one that continues to engage the attention of social workers, politicians, and scholars alike. In this intriguing 24-page report from the Brooking Institution's Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Paul A. Jargowsky presents findings that suggest that concentrated poverty declined significantly during the 1990s. Some of his findings include statistics...
Southern Rural Development Center

Since John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson declared war on rural poverty during their time in the White House, there has been an overriding concern with alleviating the persistently high levels of poverty in the American South. A number of organizations have developed to provide assistance to the region, and the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), located at Mississippi State University is one...
Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change

Located in Cleveland, it makes sense that Case Western Reserve University would have a dedicated research agenda to address questions of both urban poverty and social change and their interactions. In their work, the staff members of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change use the city of Cleveland itself as a study area, both to illuminate context-specific issues and challenges, as a...
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