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500K US Homes Can't Afford Plumbing

It's yet another threat faced by rural communities trapped in poverty

(Newser) - Americans living in nearly 500,000 homes in the US don't have what the New York Times —in an eye-opening piece—calls "basic dignity." That basic dignity includes running water, a bath or shower, or a working toilet. It's that last one plaguing rural black... More »

Middle-Class Income Sees Fastest Growth Ever: Report

Poverty rate fell too, though some say it's not enough to warrant a celebration just yet

(Newser) - For seven long years, the US has been struggling to break out of a sluggish economy after the Great Recession, Bloomberg notes. Some "remarkable progress" on that front came Tuesday, per the White House blog : A US Census Bureau report says median household income (adjusted for inflation) for 2015... More »

Hungry Teens in US Turn to Sex Work: Report

Urban Institute says study paints a 'really disturbing picture' about teen poverty

(Newser) - Hunger is forcing some teens in low-income communities across the US into the sex trade, according to a report by the Urban Institute . The authors looked at poor teens in 10 communities across the nation and found that, in most of them, girls turn to "selling their body" and... More »

America's 7 Poorest Cities

The poorest has a nearly 50% poverty rate

(Newser) - You need to make $125,000 a year to hang in America's richest city , but America's poorest places are a far, far cry from that kind of money. 24/7 Wall Street looked at the median household income, median home value, percentage of adults with at minimum a bachelor'... More »

America's Poor Live Longer in 'Unexpected' Places

Stanford researchers analyze over 1B records

(Newser) - A new study says America's wealthy live longer than its poor, which is hardly surprising. But it also says low-income people live longer in certain places—like affluent cities including New York and San Francisco, NPR reports. Why isn't clear, but lead study author Raj Chetty of Stanford... More »

Answer to a Whole Nation's Poverty? Its Richest Person

Top billionaire could end poverty in 3 countries, make inroads in others

(Newser) - As the world's richest and most powerful people leave the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was growing discussion about the impact the world's wealthiest could have, single-handedly, on the poverty rates of entire nations. One analyst at the Brookings Institution crunched some numbers and found that,... More »

The Human Hair Business Gets Downright Dirty

On lice, blood, and ethics

(Newser) - In the US, women and girls sometimes donate their hair to groups that make wigs—think Locks of Love—not because hair is hard to come by but because it is so expensive. But many also buy wigs and extensions made of real human hair—and chances are good that... More »

Climate Change Could Drive 760M From Home

100M could be forced into extreme poverty: report

(Newser) - Not yet terrified by climate change? You're in for a rude awakening via two new reports. The first from the World Bank finds rising global temperatures will force 100 million more people into extreme poverty by 2030, and those in the poorest regions—sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia—will... More »

Biloxi Running 'Debtors Prison From the Dark Ages': ACLU

Class-action lawsuit says Miss. city is shaking down poverty-stricken residents

(Newser) - Debtors prisons are supposedly a thing of the distant past —except in Biloxi, Miss. That's according to a class-action lawsuit filed against the city, its police department, the courts, and a private probation company, alleging these agencies have conspired to threaten poor residents into paying up to avoid... More »

Sanders Loves Pope's Mention of 'Radical' Activist

He like pontiff's praise of Dorothy Day

(Newser) - Pope Francis made a historic appearance before Congress today, and one person especially pleased with his speech was Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator tells CNN he loved the reference to Dorothy Day, a "radical Catholic activist," per the Washington Post , who founded the Catholic Worker Movement and fought... More »

More Kids in Poverty Now Than in Recession: Report

And it could have detrimental effects on brain development, researchers say

(Newser) - The Great Recession may be long over, but things didn't pick up for everyone in the years immediately after, especially not for US children: A new report from the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation says that while 18% of American kids lived below the poverty line in 2008, that... More »

Holocaust Survivors Live 'Close to Desperation'—in US

30K around NYC are living in poverty

(Newser) - About 30,000 Holocaust survivors living in New York City and three surrounding counties are at or below the poverty line, the Wall Street Journal reports. After enduring Nazi horrors, fleeing their homelands, and struggling to make new lives in America, advocates say the plight of these survivors grows more... More »

How to Give Kids a Better Shot at Escaping Poverty

New study finds moving out of low-income areas early makes a difference

(Newser) - A new study suggests that there is a proven way to give your children the best chance of leaving poverty behind: Move out of a poverty-stricken area as early as you possibly can. The Equality of Opportunity Project study looked at millions of families with children that had moved, and... More »

Poverty, Mental Illness Abound in Broken Jail System: Report

Inmates face longer time because they can't pay bail, analysts find

(Newser) - It's not just federal and state prisons that need scrutiny: The country's local and county jails are being "misused," and it's time for reform, a new report finds. Those held in the facilities are typically there for minor infractions, and over the past three decades,... More »

Parenting Hinges More on Money Than Marriage

And US parents are generally doing a good job: study

(Newser) - We often focus on the parents' marital situation as the key factor in a child's experience—but whether a child is raised by a single parent or a married couple is a minor issue compared to whether she's raised in financial comfort, a study says. "Resources led... More »

Bill, Melinda Gates Bet Big on the Poor, Zapping Polio

Gates Foundation makes ambitious predictions for next 15 years

(Newser) - A bold prediction, courtesy of the Gates Foundation: The lives of people in poor countries "will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any time in history." That statement comes via the foundation's annual letter, published today , which makes some other "big bets."... More »

By Next Year, Richest 1% to Own More Than Other 99%

Oxfam calls for 7-point plan to address inequality

(Newser) - The rich really are getting richer—and by 2016, they'll own more than the rest of the world, says a research paper published by anti-poverty charity Oxfam. The paper shows that global wealth owned by the richest 1% jumped from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, putting this... More »

Majority of Public School Students in US Are Poor

It's the first time in a half-century

(Newser) - One more challenge for US public schools: A new report finds that for the first time in 50 years, a majority of students come from poor families. Specifically, the Southern Education Foundation says that 51% of students in kindergarten through 12th grade qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch, a... More »

One in 30 US Kids Is Homeless

Figure up 8% from 2012 to 2013

(Newser) - The number of homeless children in the US has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing, and the impact of pervasive domestic violence.... More »

Boys Moved Out of Poverty Suffer War-Like PTSD

But it's a great benefit to girls, says study

(Newser) - It might seem like a can't-miss idea for kids in poverty: Move them from poor neighborhoods into better ones. But a comprehensive study of the practice finds a surprising twist: It tends to work well for girls and badly for boys, reports Science 2.0 . In fact, years later,... More »

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