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The New Poverty

OPB | Dec. 29, 2011 9:06 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 11 p.m.

According to data released earlier this year from the Census Bureau, over 15 percent of Americans live in poverty. For a family of four, that means they earn about $22,000 per year or less. Poverty rates haven’t been this high since 1993. But surprisingly, many of those people are neither hungry nor homeless — two things that are seen as correlated with living in poverty.

In this show we took a look at what being poor means on a day-to-day basis. We talked to a woman who grew up on — and still uses — food stamps. We also talked to the Executive Director of the Coalition of Community Health Clinics, a network of private non-profit health clinics that serves the uninsured.

Have you — or a loved one — lived “in poverty?” What did that look like for you?


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