Posted on November 6, 2011




New information on U.S. poverty shows that the problem is growing, and it’s becoming more concentrated, and it’s showing up in places where many Americans would not expect to find it.

The number of people living  in neighborhoods with extreme poverty has grown by at least 2.2 million in the last 10 years, according to the Brookings Institution study.

According to Bookings Institution author Elizabeth Kneebone “Being poor in a very poor neighborhood makes  it that much harder to get out of poverty.” Jobs are scarce, schools are worse, crime is high, the environment is more polluted and health problems are more common.

The most extremely poor neighborhoods are found in the cities. But the suburbs are catching up and overall, the suburbs saw the population of poor people grow by 17 percent in recent years.

The rise in poverty is largely because of the miserable state of the economy. Experts believe that the number of people living in poverty will only continue to increase as the United States struggles to recover from the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

The rising number of our neighborhoods struggling to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads should have urgent implications for policy makers in Congress and for people who can help out.

Programs for the poor have not kept pace with the demand, and states and the federal government are cutting or proposing cuts on existing programs.

Frustration over the economic conditions could explain the growing support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In these times of need this country must find ways to do more to help the less fortunate to escape the claws of poverty, and put people back to work.

We must elect representatives who care about the poor and people needs in 2012.

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