Consequences Of Poverty In The United States

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Poverty has become a huge issue here in the United States. This issue has become even bigger for women. Women are a lot more likely to lose their job than a man here in the United States. Poverty is defined as the state of condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. The Government considers poverty as the minimal level of income that is necessary for an individual or for families to survive. In the United States the poverty threshold income for a family of 4 is $24,250 (Thibos). There are tons of people who can fall into this category of “poverty”. Women are the ones who seem to suffer the most in this category. There isn’t an exact cause as to why women are most likely to experience poverty, …show more content…
Majority of women who are in poverty are not greatly affected themselves as their children are. They are the ones who have to deal with the negative consequences of this issue. According to an article by Suzanne M. Bianchi, lack of money exposes children to greater risks of hunger, environmental hazards like lead exposure and of poor birth outcomes. Poverty often constraints parents’ choice of residence as I have mentioned in the last paragraph. Because they can only afford to live in less safe neighborhoods their children have to go to lower-quality schools. This could lead to having bad grades to possibly getting into drugs and all other sorts of trouble. A mother not making enough money for her child can also lead for her own kids (once they are old enough) to also go into the workforce. They might have to find a job to help their mother pay their bills. Having this much stress on the children as well can lead them to possibly drop out of school because now, their main priority is to be able to afford their current place where they are living. It will cause the child to deter from schoolwork and they can possibly fall behind. …show more content…
A new program by the name of TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) was made to replace AFDC. TANF provides temporary cash for families that are in dire need. Some of those families participate in something called the WorkFirst Program. The WorkFirst Program helps those families find and keep jobs. Here in Washington State you are eligible for the program if you are a resident who is responsible for a child or are pregnant and can meet the income and source requirements and citizenship and alien status requirements. TANF benefits are based on your family size and income. A family of three, with no income, for example would receive a monthly TANF grant of $478. When someone in the household starts working, they can only count half of the earnings against the grant. To be eligible for TANF, you must have resources of $1,000 or less. Some of those resources are things like, checking’s and savings accounts, stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, and vehicle equity over $5,000. Once someone is found eligible they have to follow the rules of the program. Some of these rules are that one must cooperate with the division of child support and participate in the WorkFirst Program

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