As the country is currently battling a major recession, a growing number of Americans are fast falling below the poverty line. Poverty means that the income level from employment is so low that basic human needs can’t be met. Poverty-stricken people and families might go without proper housing, clean water, healthy food, and medical attention.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 Current Population Report (since the pandemic), 34 million Americans are considered impoverished – 10.5% of the country’s population. (The census supplemental poverty rate, which adjust for how government programs keep people out of poverty, was at 11.7% in 2019.) The poverty rate for American children was 14.4%, the lowest since 1973, and the rate for people 65 and older was 8.9%.
For instances, someone who is working at a minimum wage level and who lives from a paycheck to paycheck, he or she can barely meet the household expenditures let alone finding a way to save money for unexpected hardships. This person is at risks should he become jobless. Susceptibility does not end with lack of resources. However, someone who suffers from a mental illness and who can ill afford to sustain a normal lifestyle is also vulnerable should he were to lose his social support. Anyone who has a heart for social justice would be interested in finding ways to curb out poverty, even if it means pressuring the state to take more proactive actions.
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