Realities of Poverty

Let's continue the journey with Poverty 101 Module II - Realities of Poverty. In this module we will talk about the realities individuals and families in the warzone of poverty experience.

Don't forget to download/print the Poverty 101 Study Guide. Follow along and work through debrief questions on pages 11 - 20.

Module II - Key Concepts:

  • The number of low-income households far exceeds the workforce housing units available. Those that are, cost half or more of a low-income family's earnings forcing them to maintain a nearly impossible balance making decisions to prioritize food, transportation and health.

  • Housing and Urban Development categorize housing status using: Literally Homeless - sheltered and unsheltered and Stably Housed persons.

  • McKinney Vento Act defines homelessness slightly differently than HUD and provides for additional supports for students considered "homeless" by its definition.

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was enacted to support families struggling in poverty.

  • The Cliff Effect refers to a situation in which a pay increase triggers a disproportionate loss of government assistance.

  • Two-thirds of people living in poverty work 1.7 jobs and cannot afford rent.

  • 75% of US children rely on schools for meals. These food insecure families have limited or uncertain access to enough food.

  • Schools struggle to understand the needs of students living in poverty and these students suffer from low academic achievement, stress from their educational experience and often describe a feeling of not belonging.

  • The key effects of poverty - individuals see no options, have high rates of incarceration and low rates of literacy. Poverty affects the ability for humans to develop to their full potential.

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