In their new book, "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America," academics Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer reveal that there are nearly 1.5 million American households with practically no cash income.
Like many cities with temperate climates, Sarasota, Florida, is struggling with a growing homeless population. A lawsuit against the city argues that the issuance of citations for sleeping outside while there's a lack of resources available has criminalized homelessness. Meanwhile…
Across the country, advocates say the number of cities with municipal bans on camping or sleeping outside has increased 50 percent since 2011. Here is an interactive map showing which cities have implemented the bans.
In a report, released last week, entitled Opportunity, Responsibility and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream, experts from across the political spectrum agreed on ways to break the cycle of poverty, including promoting marriage…
By PBS NewsHour
A striking lack of economic mobility exists in America, according to a new report released this week by the Brookings Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. Authors of the report, Kay Hymowitz and Larry Aber join NewsHour's Megan Thompson to…
Ahead of the Pope's visit, Bill Keller of The Marshall Project spoke with NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan about criminal justice reform across the country.
By PBS NewsHour
Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about a recent signature segment concerning the effects the "toxic stress" of poverty can have on the developing brain.
A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children’s brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports. This is part of…
By Ivette Feliciano
In South Atlanta's Lakewood Heights community, where crime rates are high and many homes sit dilapidated and abandoned, the poverty rate hovers around 30 percent. The area is one of many that suffers from concentrated poverty.
By Megan Thompson
Billionaire Warren Buffett pledged years ago to donate almost all of his vast wealth to charity. One project that could benefit is the fight against concentrated poverty, which Buffett said has turned the American Dream for some into the American…
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