October 28, 2014 |
Many Americans view the poor as a permanent underclass of slackers who dodge work and skate through life on the taxpayer's dime. But recent research shows the poor are anything but monolithic. And poverty is a lot more common experience than people think. More than 40 percent of Americans between ages 25 and 60 will be poor for at least a year, said Mark Rank, a professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. "It's not that people aren't working hard or trying," Rank said.
October 13, 2014 |
Latinos have the highest rate of poverty of any racial or ethnic group in Philadelphia. In the city, 44 percent of Latinos live in poverty - twice the national rate of 23.5 percent. The overall Philadelphia poverty rate is 26.3 percent. Latino poverty prevails throughout most of the region as well, both in the Pennsylvania suburbs and in South Jersey. In six of the eight counties in the region - Bucks and Chester Counties being the exceptions - Latinos have the highest poverty rate of all groups.
October 3, 2014 |
AS RECENTLY cited in the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Philadelphia is still the "poorest of America's 10 largest cities. " While the report showed that 9,000 residents moved out of poverty last year, and that is encouraging, it's hard to take any comfort when so many of our fellow citizens remain in poverty, many of them children and elderly. Over the last 20 years we have witnessed growth in the gap between the haves and have nots and the squeezing of the middle class.
September 26, 2014 |
Already the poorest big city in America, Philadelphia also has the highest rate of deep poverty - people with incomes below half of the poverty line - of any of the nation's 10 most populous cities. Philadelphia's deep-poverty rate is 12.2 percent, or nearly 185,000 people, including about 60,000 children. That's almost twice the U.S. deep-poverty rate of 6.3 percent. Camden's deep-poverty rate of 20 percent is more than three times the national mark, but its population is a fraction of Philadelphia's.
September 22, 2014
ISSUE | NEEDY Helping hands The Jewish community is not immune to hardship ("Area's Jewish population is not immune to poverty," Sept. 16). I am a packer and driver for the Beth Sholom Mitzvah Pantry. It is very gratifying when you go to a person's house and are able to provide basic food items. We only pack twice a month, but our tight-knit group of semi-retirees and retirees feels as though we are helping and hope that one day we can break the poverty cycle. |Ann Gold, Philadelphia, email@example.com Charity is the key Reality has finally hit that the area Jewish population does not all go to Florida in the winter ("Area's Jewish population is not immune to poverty," Sept.
September 19, 2014
THE U.S. CENSUS released figures this week that show that the national poverty rate has decreased for the first time since 2006. Don't rush to plan a victory parade, though. The percentage of people in poverty has dropped slightly, but the implications are more mathematical than practical: Median household income has remained the same, and the number of those in poverty in 2013 - 45.3 million - is about the same as the year before. And worse news: The percentage of people living below the poverty level in the Philadelphia metro area rose slightly from 2010 to 2013, from 12.7 percent to 13.5 percent; poverty rates in the city fell slightly.
September 18, 2014 |
The U.S. poverty rate has decreased for the first time since 2006, according to U.S. Census figures released Tuesday. Children's poverty also declined, while median household income barely changed between 2012 and 2013. The report further shows that 42 million people, 13.4 percent of Americans, were without health-insurance coverage in 2013. The data were compiled in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which describes conditions in 2013.
September 17, 2014 |
The chicken for Rosh Hashanah dinner won't be kosher. Kosher meat is expensive, and Doreen Shelow can't afford it. "People think Jews aren't poor," said Shelow, 56, a disabled and divorced Jewish woman raising her grandson well below the poverty line in a tiny apartment in Somerton, in Northeast Philadelphia. "It's an aspect of poverty that's overlooked. Even other Jews don't accept that there are poor Jews. " Often unseen and rarely discussed, Jewish poverty in the Philadelphia area hobbles lives in the same way it does among other ethnic and cultural groups.
August 27, 2014 |
Michael B. Katz, 75, of Philadelphia, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, whose intellectual rigor shaped the school's urban studies program as well as current thinking about the urban poor, died Saturday, Aug. 23, of cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Dr. Katz's early work at Penn focused on the history of 19th-century American education. He then delved into the history of urban social structure and family organization. In the last decade, he turned his attention to the history of social welfare and understanding poverty.
July 31, 2014 |
Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people, and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major antipoverty speech. The Wisconsin Republican congressman is certainly aware that one of the biggest political difficulties he and his conservative colleagues face is that many voters suspect them of having far more compassion for a wealthy person paying taxes than for a poor or middle-income person looking for a job. So Ryan gave a well-crafted address at the American Enterprise Institute in which the centerpiece sounded brand spanking new: the "Opportunity Grant.