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1. Basic Family Budgets Better Reveal the Hardships in America (external link)
Abstract: A basic family budget is the amount required to adequately afford a safe and decent, yet modest, standard of living. These budgets are estimated for six family types—one or two parents with one, two, or three children—in over 400 U.S. communities.
Resource Type: Article

2. Basic Family Budgets: Working Families Incomes Often Fail to Meet Living Expenses Around the U.S. (external link)
Abstract: While poverty thresholds are used to evaluate the extent of serious economic deprivation in our society, family budgets—that is, the income a family needs to secure safe and decent-yet-modest living standards in the community in which it resides—offer a broader measure of economic welfare
Resource Type: Article

3. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (external link)
Abstract: The Center conducts research and analysis to inform public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that the needs of low-income families and individuals are considered in these debates. They also develop policy options to alleviate poverty, particularly among working families.
Resource Type: Website

4. Choosing the High Road: Businesses that Pay a Living Wage and Prosper (external link)
Abstract: For wealthy Americans, the economic miracle of the ’90s represented a dream-come-true. For tens of millions of others, it represented a dream shattered. It doesn’t have to be this way. This report shows why paying a living wage to all employees is good for business, as well as workers and communities.
Resource Type: Article

5. Deciding Who’s Poor (external link)
Abstract: This paper looks at the bad old (but still used) way of counting the poor, and contrast it with some of the new ways that have been proposed.
Resource Type: Article

6. Hardships are Widespread Among Families in Poverty (external link)
Abstract: This report summarizes recent government findings on the conditions of people living in poverty
Resource Type: Article

7. Housing Costs Change List of Top Areas for Poverty (internal link)
Abstract: This article reports on new findings that adjust the poverty line to reflect housing costs, and find that New York, California, and Washington, DC have highest percentage of people living in poverty.
Resource Type: Article

8. If you work, then you shouldn’t be poor (external link)
Abstract: A brief editorial that contends people who work should not be poor, but because the Minimum Wage is so low, and because of other policies, many who have jobs are still living far below the poverty line.
Resource Type: Article

9. Let the War on the Poverty Line Commence (external link)
Abstract: The poverty line should categorize families such that those who fall below it cannot adequately meet their basic needs, given what we know about human needs and prevailing living standards.
Resource Type: Article

10. Living Wage Campaign (external link)
Abstract: ACORN's website about campaigns for fight for a living wage… includes a brief history of the national living wage movement, background materials such as ordinance summaries and comparisons, drafting tips, research summaries, talking points, and links to other living wage-related sites.
Resource Type: Website

11. National Poverty Data from 1959 - 2004 (external link)
Abstract: This document includes data from 1959 - 2004 on Poverty Rates by race, female-headed household, children status, elderly status, geographic location, etc. It also contains data about the Poverty Line, including rates of families by race and Hispanic Origin above/below it, information on the work experience of the poor, and much more.
Resource Type: Chart

12. Persons Below 50 Percent of the Poverty Line, by Race and Hispanic Origin (external link)
Abstract: Persons Below 50 Percent of the Poverty Line, by Race and Hispanic Origin
Resource Type: Chart

13. Poverty in California: Moving Beyond the Federal Measure (external link)
Abstract: This report examines poverty rates in the U.S., and adjusts for housing costs, which end up making NY, Washington DC and California the poorest places in the country. The report also challenges traditional models of measuring poverty.
Resource Type: Article

14. Poverty in the United States, 2001 (external link)
Abstract: The Census Report on Poverty in the US. Includes current and historical data by age, race, worker status and experience, depth of poverty, etc., for different regions across the United States.
Resource Type: Article

15. Poverty Thresholds, US Census Bureau (external link)
Abstract: National Poverty Thresholds by Size of Family and Number of Children between 1985 and 2004
Resource Type: Website

16. Related Children Below 50 Percent of the Poverty Line, by Race and Hispanic Origin (external link)
Abstract: Related Children Below 50 Percent of the Poverty Line, by Race and Hispanic Origin
Resource Type: Chart

17. Social Justice Contexts for Data-Based Projects in Algebra and Statistics (internal link)
Abstract: This unit contains five projects about poverty, and teaches students to use multiple representations to analyze data. The projects engages students in answering these questions: What is Poverty? Who are the Poor? How is poverty related to school achievement? How has poverty changed? What can be done?
Resource Type: Curriculum

18. US Census Bureau: Poverty Page (external link)
Abstract: This is the main page for data from the US Census on poverty in the U.S. It contains information about the poverty line, publications on poverty among different demographic groups, maps, data sets, and much more.
Resource Type: Website

19. Who Are Low-Income Working Families? (external link)
Abstract: Over the past decade, national policy has emphasized the centrality of parental work in strategies to support low-income families. This emphasis is exemplified by the fact that the earned income tax credit (EITC), the nation's largest cash assistance program for low-income families, is available only to those who are working. It is natural to ask, therefore, who working low-income families are and how they are faring. This paper addresses these questions.
Resource Type: Article

20. Who's poor? Don't ask the Census Bureau (external link)
Abstract: A critique of the methodology used to measure poverty which argues that in fact many more people are poor than our current method shows
Resource Type: Article

21. Working to Make Ends Meet: Understanding the Income and Expenses of America's Low-Income Families (external link)
Abstract: This report clarifies the discussion and debate over what constitutes a low-income working family, documents the size and characteristics of low-income working population, and examines their incomes and expenditures. Using data from the 2002 round of the National Survey of America's Families (NSAF), we find that low-income families (income below twice the federal poverty line) with at least one full-time, full-year worker have incomes that are roughly in line with their basic expenses thanks to their work effort, earned income, and a generous refundable Earned Income Tax Credit; however, low-income families without a full-time, full-year worker do not appear to have enough income to cover their basic expenses.
Resource Type: Article

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