An article in the washington post written by author Matt Zwolinski, talks about how too often in the united states, welfare comes with strings attached. Even though american are willing to give the poor we are not willing to trust them. Most people believe that people fall into poverty because there 's something wrong with them. That simply is just the case in most situations. Even though not all americans are on welfare, The United States Census bureau found that “Approximately 52.2 million (or 21.3 percent) people in the U.S. participated in major means-tested government assistance programs each month in 2012” ().
Ethnically diverse, the communities aforementioned are challenged with high rates of poverty low rates of educational attainment. Economically, Oakland and the 94606 and 94607 zip codes are trailing the state average in terms of median household income and unemployment. The median incomes are as follows: California median income of $61,094, Oakland median income $52,583, San Antonio median income $37,895, West Oakland median income $34,000. The unemployment rates are: California 6.3%, Oakland 5.5%, San Antonio 11%, West Oakland 14%. Only 58% of the residents of San Antonio completed high school and only 16% hold a Bachelor’s degree, whereas the high school graduation rate is slightly higher at 66% with 25% of the residents completing
Evidence of Problem Existence: Most of us can't get by on minimum wage pay and leaves people struggling at home. Chris Isidore stated on a article listed on CNN that "About 20% of American adults who have jobs are earning only $10.65 an hour or less, according to Osterman's analysis. Even at 40 hours a week, that amounts to less than $22,314, the poverty level for a family of
America Has A Dream A news poll states that only fifty percent of people believe the American Dream is still possible, forty-three percent said that it had been true at one point, and the last four percent believed that the dream never existed (Rodriguez). Because the results of this poll are so low, it shows how much the dream has decreased and how it will continue to do so. Another poll states that ninety percent of children from the 1940’s surpassed their parents with their incomes, while only forty percent of children have exceeded their parents from the 1980s (Graham).
A poll published in 2014 found that only about half of Americans would consider themselves to be happy. This is a significant drop from even about 70 percent only 5 years earlier. Why aren’t people happy? Many claim that problems affecting happiness are money, career or family issues. But I believe it’s all relative.
The Census (2011) indicated that only 5.2% of the people living in the ward have managerial jobs and 21.3% doing unskilled jobs whiles 41% of the population in the ward did not have the ability in speaking English as their first language compared to Leeds 92.9 %. Due to this impact on their suitability in securing basic jobs, therefore this has lead to the highest amount of individuals in the ward applying for unemployment benefits as their only means of survivor (DCPR, 2000). Maier et al. , (2006) review shows that unemployment has a major influence on health behaviours which bring fort encouragement of smoking, alcohol consumption, crime, and drug addiction. Davidson (2015) highlighted that the kind of employment a person has depends on their literacy level.
Roughly more than “One-Fourth of children in Durham live in poverty, twenty-eight percent, caused by the recession of 2008”, and causes the state to tie with Kentucky and Texas for the spot of the 11th highest poverty rated state in the country. Before the economic downturn, the poverty rate of children in Durham was only three percent. As quoted by Lauren Horsch, worker at NC Child, “In Durham County during the 2011-2012 time frame, nearly 64 percent of students were on free and reduced lunch.” Further research also states that only seventy-seven of people that were in high school after 2008 graduated, meaning that twenty-three percent either only achieved a GED, or dropped out
The National Research Council shows that households of illegal aliens imposed more than twenty six billion dollars in costs on the federal government in 2002 but paid only sixteen billion dollars in taxes, thus creating a net fiscal deficit of almost two thousand seven hundred dollars per illegal household. Among the largest costs are Medicaid, social security, treatment for the uninsured, food stamps, and free school lunches. Also the federal prison and court systems, and federal aid to schools. Nearly two-thirds of illegal aliens lack a high school degree, the primary reason they create a fiscal deficit is their low education levels and resulting low incomes and tax payments. Most of the costs associated with illegals are due to their American-born children, who are awarded U.S. citizenship at birth, thus the illegal federal programs will not reduce costs because their citizen children can continue to access
In 2013, approximately 2.3m or just over 10% of all English households were in this category. (Department of Energy and Climate Change, 2014). Food poverty, as defined as “the inability to afford, or to have access to, food to make up a healthy diet” is another useful concept (Department of Health, 2005). Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, some people here struggle to pay for food. One in 6 parents have gone without food themselves in order to be able to feed their families.
Here are a few depressing facts: Almost half the world live on less than $2.50 a day, Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century being unable to read a book, The total GDP of the 41 heavily indebted poor countries is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined,1 billion children suffer poverty(1 in 2 children
“1 out of every 100 persons in Europe- or approximately 3 million people [are] homeless,” (Blair 21) states Cornelia Blair, the author of Homeless in America. Not only is this number extremely high, it only accounts to one country; Imagine the number across all 136 countries scattered across the Earth. And the homeless population is constantly on the rise, creating a fear for many who live dangerously close to losing everything. Homelessness is a predicament that affects all people, old and young, and can last from as little as a few days to as long as the rest of their lives. It is a serious problem caused by low income, domestic violence and abuse, and lack of Veteran care, but can be amended by child sponsorships, help from the government,
Homelessness is very real in the United states with 3.5 million Americans left without a place to call home each year. There is a strong stigma against homeless individuals who are seen as chronic and episodic, but in reality, those seen living on the streets in downtown areas of cities are families with children. The vast majority have been thrust into homelessness through a life altering situation that was unexpected and unplanned for. One of the harsh realities is that homeless individuals and families tend to come from communities of concentrated poverty. Many factors lead to pushing people onto the streets and occasionally, these same factors can be the reason they stay homeless.
Miguel Ascencio Rachael Lehman Sociology 101 Homelessness in the United States Many people see the United States as a land of wealth and opportunity, but then why do we see homeless people wandering the streets, parks subways in most major cities? Well it has to do a lot with how the U.S government handles homelessness. What defines a homeless person is a person who is a situation where they have no housing to sleep in at night, sleeps out in the streets or resides in shelters that are intended for them. In many major city, homeless will be seen everywhere on the sidewalks with sleeping bags even some with tents.
New York City is seen as a beautiful place to visit but the reality is there’s an ugly side to the city and it’s known as homelessness. In New York it is so common to see a homeless person in the train station or on a train and on the streets sleeping. This problem has been increasing ever since the Great Depression and we need to do something to decrease the number of this population and put a full stop to it. The majority of the New Yorkers just walk past them and instead of giving them left overs they decide to throw out the food and keep moving. Not only are these people suffering due to hunger, extremely poor hygiene and inhumane living conditions but they are also victims of assault and discrimination.
The vulnerable population that sparked my interest are the homeless population. The homeless population is growing at an incredible alarming rate. According statistical data from National Coalition for the homeless, “there are over 3.5 million homeless Americans, it includes approximately 1 million children of these more than 300,000 are homeless children on any given night.” Some include street children, runaway teenagers, young adults who might have been thrown out of their homes or released from jail are most visible living in our cities streets, towns, subways, underpasses and highways.