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It’s Poverty Awareness Month and you can’t talk about poverty without discussing food. Food insecurity — “a lack of available financial resources for food” (USDA) is a problem throughout the country, but programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are helping to keep low-income families healthy. More Americans are affected by food insecurity than you may

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It sounds unreal, farfetched, or even crazy — ‘poverty is illegal’ — but it’s happening and has been for far too long in our country. When you look at the frequency people are incarcerated because they can’t pay fees for speeding tickets and other small infractions, it’s heartbreaking. There are 2.2 million people locked up

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Debated and often misunderstood, poverty is a tough topic to talk about. Sometimes, we don’t even realize just how many Americans are experiencing poverty. Did you know that:   1. One in nine full-time U.S. workers are in poverty. That’s 11% of the workforce. A job doesn’t guarantee a stable, affordable life in the U.S.

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Poverty affects all of us, every day, many times in ways that we may not recognize. Here’s just a handful: 1. Your Wallet The American Psychological Association estimates that child poverty costs the U.S. economy $500 billion a year. That touches the lives of anyone in the country.        2. Your Work Life The

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In honor of Poverty Awareness Month, we thought you should know these seven facts about homelessness. 7. You could fill five football stadiums with the homeless population of the U.S. At least 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in January of 2015 in the U.S., according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s

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Every day, roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65, and by 2040, older adults are expected to make up more than 20 percent of the population. This demographic change has been dubbed “The Silver Tsunami.” As the affordable housing crisis continues nationwide, and in many places worsens, and as federal resources for senior housing continue to disappear,

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Millions of people nationwide struggle to pay their rent, and in many places only the privileged can afford to buy a home. When housing costs eat up most of a person’s paycheck, they often have to make sacrifices, foregoing healthcare, education, and sometimes even food. The nation’s lack of affordable housing perpetuates cycles of poverty

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1 in 7 Americans go to bed hungry each night.

For a lot of us, the biggest stress around mealtime is deciding what to eat, never doubting that we will eat again. But for more than 42 million Americans, the next meal isn’t a sure thing. Because we live in one of the richest countries in the world, many Americans mistakenly believe that hunger isn’t a

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Sometimes the acts of ordinary people can have an extraordinary effect. As Poverty Awareness Month draws to a close, we bring you 7 videos that showcase the power each one of us has to create positive change. We hope that you are inspired to “pay it forward” in your own community! 1. This man builds houses for

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NIMBY

As the national affordable housing crisis continues, and in some places worsens, we bring you five terms you need to know when talking about affordable housing. During Poverty Awareness Month, we hope you find these definitions useful.

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