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Trump's Plan: Deliver Food Boxes Instead of Food Stamps

But critics say the idea of an 'America's Harvest Box' is 'prone to failure'

(Newser) - Trump administration members are hailing their newest idea as a "bold" approach that would save the government billions and feed more than 38 million people in low-income households, but critics are calling it an approach that's "prone to failure." President Trump's 2019 budget plan was... More »

The Eviction Process in the US: 'Efficient and Surreal'

The middle class is now being affected, thanks to gentrification, among other factors

(Newser) - John Williams once had a white-collar career as a political reporter and a $2,000-a-month apartment in suburban DC. Then he lost his job, fell behind on his rent to the tune of five figures, and was kicked out of his home by housing court. It was a "smooth,... More »

10 Neediest US Cities

Detroit and Cleveland top the list

(Newser) - A new survey by WalletHub crunches economic data on more than 180 US cities to rank them in terms of neediness. More specifically, the ranking takes into account factors such as child poverty, hunger, and uninsured rates, then bestows an overall score (the lower the better). The 10 neediest cities:... More »

Here Are the 10 Poorest Countries on Earth

Burundi tops the list

(Newser) - As American lawmakers and financial experts debate economic disparity, 24/7 Wall St. takes a worldwide economic view—specifically, regarding which nations are the poorest on Earth. The site compared gross national income, or GNI, per capita from the World Bank for more than 170 nations, which is a close equivalent... More »

This City Has Lowest Rate of Poverty in US

Sheboygan, Wisc., is atop the top 10

(Newser) - An individual making less than $12,060 this year—$24,600 for a family of four—technically lives below the poverty line. About 14% of Americans fit that definition. Some cities have been hit harder than others, and 24/7 Wall St. looked at 382 US metro areas to compile its... More »

Michael Jordan Making Biggest Donation Ever to NC City

NBA star is donating $7M to open 2 medical clinics in Charlotte

(Newser) - Michael Jordan, who grew up in North Carolina, attended UNC-Chapel Hill, and now owns the Charlotte Hornets, is making his biggest ever donation—$7 million—to build two medical clinics in Charlotte. Per his rep, the NBA legend learned of a 2014 study that found children in the North Carolina... More »

Stress, Poverty Raise Alzheimer's Rates in This Group

Stressful social conditions may put African Americans at higher risk

(Newser) - New studies looking at how social conditions may affect risk of dementia found that living in stressful circumstances hits one group hardest: African Americans. According to NPR , four studies presented at an international conference in London Sunday all presented evidence linking poverty, disadvantage, and stressful life events to cognitive issues... More »

Ben Carson's Eyebrow-Raising Remarks on Poverty

It's largely a 'state of mind,' he notes

(Newser) - "If everybody had a mother like mine, nobody would be in poverty," Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson told SiriusXM on Wednesday. "She was a person who absolutely would not accept status of victim." He then went on to comment further, in remarks that... More »

The Vatican Opens Free Laundromat for the Poor

Showers, a barbershop, medical services to be added soon

(Newser) - Those living in poverty in Rome will still be able to have clean clothes. Pope Francis has opened a free laundromat for the poor in the city, the Vatican announced Monday. It currently has six washing machines, six dryers, and some irons donated by Whirlpool; Proctor and Gamble is donating... More »

10 Cities Hit Hardest by Extreme Poverty

Bakersfield, Calif., tops the list

(Newser) - The economy may be on the mend from the Great Recession, but poverty is a growing problem. The percentage of Americans living in poverty rose from 12.4% in 2009 to 14.6% in 2015. As numbers culled by 24/7 Wall Street point out, it's also more common for... More »

eBay Founder Invests $500K to Test Theory on Income

Charity arm will give money to poor in Kenya for 12 years

(Newser) - The concept of basic income is a simple idea: Impoverished people receive a fixed amount of money on a regular basis to pay for necessities such as food, clothing, and housing. While the limited research available suggests that it can provide a host of benefits—lowering drug and alcohol abuse,... More »

The 10 Neediest Cities in the US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - If you're planning to share the wealth this holiday season, WalletHub has a list of places that could use it. It's ranked the neediest cities in the country, based on poverty rates, homelessness, food insecurity, and more. The top 10: More »

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 »

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