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Urban Plunge. Poverty in the United States 2011. Outline of Course. Orientation & Poverty in the U.S. Catholic Social Teaching & Poverty Building Justice in the Cities Immersion: Urban Plunge Reflection & Analysis: Faculty http://www.nd.edu/~uplunge. Poverty in the USA. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Urban Plunge

Poverty in the United States2011Urban Plunge

Orientation & Poverty in the U.S.Catholic Social Teaching & PovertyBuilding Justice in the CitiesImmersion: Urban PlungeReflection & Analysis: Facultyhttp://www.nd.edu/~uplunge

Outline of Course

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UsZOHb1pJY&feature=related

Poverty in the USA

Aimee Shelide: Institute for Church Life & St. Peter Catholic WorkerCharles Perkins: St. Peter Catholic WorkerPeter Lombardo: Center for the HomelessLaura Covington: Center for the HomelessPanel: Poverty in South Bend

Current federal poverty line: $10,890 for a single person; for a family of four it is $22,350In 2010, 46.2 million people (15.1%)Largest state in the Union1 in 5 children (22 %): $500 billion annual cost to the U.S. economy from childhood povertySouth is the poorest region (16.9%)Employment among young adults ages 16-29 stood at 55.3%, lowest since the end of WWII# of households receiving food stamps swelled to 13.6 million, meaning that nearly 1 in 8 receives govt aidPoverty in the U.S.

What are some of the causes of poverty that you heard? Of the people you will meet?Share with a Neighbor

Behaviors of the individualAddiction, mental illnessLack of human & social resourcesFew jobs, lack of childcareExploitationPay Day loans, predatory mortgages, sweatshopsPolitical/Economic StructuresDeindustrialization, taxation patternsCauses of Poverty

Method established in 60s to address the War on Poverty based on food: historical artifactOfficial measure no longer corresponds to realityDoes not get either side of the equation right: how much the poor have or how much they needA limited view of income by counting cash aloneIgnores expenses like taxes & medical costsOutmoded way by relying on emergency food costsOnly been adjusted for inflation since 63Poverty Line

Started this year by the federal governmentCounts more in income (food stamps, WIC, tax credits, housing aid) & more expenses (medical)Shows poverty rising more slowly in the recession than official data suggestsGovt help is keeping people out of poverty: EITC, food stampsSharp rise in deep poverty: living on less than half the $ needed to no longer be poorNew measures show many more people in near poverty: incomes btwn 100-150% of poverty lineWorking poorNew Measure Extreme poverty = areas where at least 40% of the population lives below the poverty line = Urban Plunge# of people living in neighborhoods of extreme poverty grew by 1/3 over the past decadeMore than 10% of Americas poorResidents more likely to experience joblessness, poor schools, broken families & high crimeHighest in the metropolitan MidwestNeighborhoods of extreme poverty grew in of the nations largest metropolitan regionsExtreme Poverty

How Catholic social tradition can be integrated on a practical levelPoverty: more than just insufficient incomeBenefits of asset-based approach to poverty reductionRethinking Poverty

How are sites you visit addressing the issue?2 Feet: Charity & JusticeDirect ServiceEducationAdvocacyEmpowermentSolutions to Poverty

Community OrganizingEducation Reform & OpportunitiesExpanding employment opportunities & fair wagesImproving support services for women & childrenRedefining the poverty lineCreation of affordable housingWorker cooperativesIndividual Development Accounts

Solutions

www.opportunitynation.orgwww.catholiccharitiesusa.orgwww.povertyusa.org

Resources

Sun., Nov. 20th @ 6:30 pmCatholic Social Teaching & PovertyRead Justice in the World link on webpageRemember to register for the course when you are darting inRight now go meet in your city groups with your site leaders: rooms posted outside.Sites Meet & Next Class