Understanding Poverty in America

Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail [Paperback]Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail [Paperback] by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward
“A provocative book that should be read by both students and makers of social history.” — Michael Harrington, The New York Times Book Review
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Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty [Paperback]Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty [Paperback] by David Brady
“With this book, David Brady punctures a number of American myths about the causes of poverty in a sophisticated and highly accessible way.” –John D. Stephens, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Poor People [Paperback]Poor People [Paperback] by William T. Vollmann
The varied responses to the question “why are you poor?” fuels this meditation on the nature of poverty.
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Poor people [Paperback]Poor people [Paperback] by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The typical ‘man of the underground’ becomes more and more convinced of the belief that gladness can only be accomplished with riches.
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Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People [Hardcover]Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People [Hardcover] by Amy Sedaris
“Imagine a Girl Scout jamboree suddenly overtaken by a band of circus freaks. That’s roughly the effect…” — The Wall Street Journal
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  • Homelessness – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    http://www.hud.gov/homeless/
    Research, fact sheets, links to government and private organizations and other resources.

    Homeless Fact Sheets – National Coalition for the Homeless
    http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/
    Why Are People Homeless?
    How Many People Experience Homelessness?
    Who is Homeless?

    Homelessness
    http://www.policyalmanac.org/social_welfare/homeless.shtml
    On any given night in America, anywhere from 700000 to 2 million people are homeless, according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness …

    National Alliance to End Homelessness
    http://www.endhomelessness.org/
    Briefing documents, statistics, legislative tracking, large number of web links, discussion forum, calendar and other resources from this major policy organization.

    Homelessness – HHS.gov
    http://www.hhs.gov/homeless/
    Links to studies, publications, US Department of Health and Human Services resources and other web sites.

    Economic Justice Petitions on Poverty, Homelessness, and Hunger
    http://economicjustice.change.org/
    Take action on poverty, homelessness, & hunger by creating or signing an economic justice petition at Change.org, the global platform for social change.

    Office on Homelessness – Florida Department of Children and Families
    http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/homelessness/
    Created in 2001, the Office on Homelessness was established as a central point of contact within state government on homelessness.

    Camillus House: Causes of Homelessness
    http://www.camillushouse.org
    Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. People who are poor are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, child care, health care, and education.

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  • “Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.” — Anonymous

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  • “When you are poor, you don’t have the luxury of throwing a load into the washing machine and then taking your morning jog while it cycles. You wait until Monday afternoon, when the laundromat is most likely to be empty, and you put all of that laundry from four kids into four heaps, bundle it in sheets, load a cart and drag it to the corner.” — Anonymous

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