Articles and Resources
The rise and fall of poverty as a policy issue by Thomas Corbett. A history of the War on Poverty in the U.S. (It was largely successful; without it poverty today would be much worse).
Oxfam report: Rigged rules mean economic growth increases: “winner takes all” for rich elites in the U.S. and all over world. January 2014.
In the South and West, a tax on being poor by Katherine S. Newman, New York Times, March 10, 2013.
I was a welfare mother by Larkin Warren, New York Times, September 23, 2012. How welfare payments can change the trajectory of a life.
Poverty in America: why can’t we end it? by Peter Edelman, New York Times, July 29, 2012.
A special issue of the American Prospect on poverty, July 2012.
Poverty Increasing Among Retirees by Emily Brandon, U.S. News and World Report Money, May 21, 2012.
Habitat for Humanity ties a large-scale approach to housing in Oregon by Kirk Johnson, New York Times, May 12, 2012. Taking advantage of depressed housing prices, H for H is able to greatly expand its impact.
Antipoverty tax program offers relief, though often temporary, Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, April 17, 2012. The Earned Income Tax Credit has significantly reduced poverty and income inequality.
Food stamps helped reduce poverty rate, study finds, Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, April 10, 2012. Social programs work.
Welfare limits left poor adrift as recession hit, Jason DeParle, New York Times, April 7, 2012. The social program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ("welfare") has not expanded to cover more people during the economic downturn -- leaving many in deep poverty. This is an example of a "reformed" social program that is failing.
In fuel oil country, cold that cuts to the heart, Dan Barry, New York Times, February 24, 2012. The real-world impact of cuts in social programs, in this case, in programs that cover the costs of heating oil.
In Class Matters. Why Won't We Admit It? the authors describe the importance of addressing poverty, the main reason for poor achievement outcomes. Op-ed in the New York Times, December 11, 2011.
Line grows long for free meals at U.S. schools, an article by Sam Dillion in the New York Times, describes the large increase in students eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches due to low family income. For example, among 4th graders in nationwide, over half live quality for free or reduced-price lunches. November 30, 2011
The Poor, the Near Poor and You, a NY Times editorial, November 23, 2011, identifies "a growing out-of-sight-out-of-mind problem," noting that segregation by income has grown significantly in the United States in the past 40 years, according to an in-depth study by Stanford University sociologists. "Mixed income neighborhoods have grown rarer, while affluent and poor neighborhoods have grown much more common. In fact, the share of the population... who live in the poorest and most affluent neighborhoods has more than doubled since 1070..." Also read the New York Times article on this topic, Study finds big spike in poorest in the U.S. by Sabrina Tavernise, November 4, 2011.
Below The Line: Portraits of American Poverty, a photo essay by Feifei Sun, Time LightBox, November 17, 2011.
Read about The War on the Home Front, that is the war on the poor, in an article by Frances Fox Piven, TomDispatch, November 6, 2011 (scroll down to the beginning of Piven's article).