Poverty in Our Own Backyard

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Poverty in Our Own Backyard
Poverty has many faces, it can be the sad face of a little girl that sits next to your child in class who doesn’t have enough money to buy lunch again, the woman with a haunted stare, standing next to you on the elevator who has an overdrawn bank account and the bank is threatening to foreclose, and it could even be the family of five that lives next door that doesn’t have enough money to put supper on the table again tonight. There is the pleading veteran dressed in dirty rags on the street holding a sign stating “will work for food”, the newlywed husband, working for minimum wage and doesn’t have enough money left from his paycheck to buy formula and diapers after paying the rent, and the sullen single mom who has just received her notice of eviction due to non-payment of rent. Poverty can happen anywhere at any time and to any person.
Everyone has their own definition of what poverty is to them. For most Americans, the word “poverty” refers to near destitution, which is believed to be the inability to provide healthy food, clean clothing, and safe shelter for one’s family (Rank). Poverty is seen differently through the eyes of others, poverty to a millionaire could mean a family of four living in a three bedroom home in the suburb, while the average inner city family can only dream of having such a home. Poverty defined by the Oxford English Dictionary is the condition of having little or no wealth or few material possessions; indigence,
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