Poverty in America: Government Welfare Programs are the Solution

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Poverty is quite an issue not only in third world countries but also here in the United States. Interviews were conducted with 74 families with school-age children, including 44 families living at or below 150% of the federal poverty level and 30 families living above 150% of poverty (Heymann 5). Over 14 million U.S. children lived in poverty in 1997 (Sherman and Sandfort 555). Many times it is easy for people to hide certain aspects of their lives. However, poverty is not one of them. When a person is poor, it is humiliating for themselves, their families, and is very difficult to overcome. Although poverty is not always a choice, it is a preventable problem in today’s society that can be fixed. If people have the ability to recognize…show more content…
Forty-nine percent of the low-income parents reported earning less than $800.00 per month, whereas all but one parent from the middle-class comparison school reported earning $1,600 or more per month. Only 17 (22%) of the low-income school parents reported earning more than $1600 per month. Furthermore, 49% of the project school families reported income from public assistance (primarily Aid for Families of Dependent Children [AFDC]), and 85% reported receiving public assistance at some time in the past. The middle class parents were much less likely to be dependent on public assistance. (p. 179-180) This exposure to fear-producing events and stimuli, in turn, appears to be a source of dangerous activities. When asked what made the students feel safe in their home and their neighborhood, the student discussion groups in the low-income neighborhoods mentioned having guns and other weapons(guns and baseball bats were the most frequently mentioned weapons that made them feel safe). The students at the middle-class school, on the other hand did not mention weapons of any kind, but they did mention security systems and fire alarms. Of course, students from all of the schools mentioned locks and police officers on patrol. All of the groups also listed neighbors, having a dog, or having neighbors with a dog that barks at strangers as making them feel safe. These findings suggest that widespread fear in these neighborhoods may lead to maintain

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