Opinion Paper: Poverty in America

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“More than 46 million Americans live in poverty.” The poverty line in Florida is currently 17.1 percent. The amount of poverty is at its highest since 1960. Does the United States have an obligation to help the poor? In America, we claim to be the land of the brave and the home of the free. But how many people in America are free from poverty? 49.7 million people in the United States are in poverty. In 2012, 49 million people weren’t sure if they were going to be able to buy food for themselves or for their families. This is incredibly distressing to hear. In America, which praises itself for being a world powerhouse, some people can’t afford to eat. The factors that affect poverty include government programs, unemployment, organizations …show more content…
The unemployment rate in the United States in 2012 was 8.1 percent. However this doesn’t make up for the other 11 percent of the population. 3.6 million people in the U.S. make at or below the federal minimum wage level. This could definitely be the missing people in this percentage. You may be saying, “Wait does this mean that minimum wage doesn’t support the cost of living??” That’s exactly correct. The minimum federal wage of the United States is 7.25 dollars an hour. If one were to work around 40 hours a week for the whole year that person would make roughly 15,000 dollars without federal taxes, etc. The poverty threshold is 11,000 a year for one person. If this person were to get sick or take days off or have to pay for another person, which would severely decrease the amount of money they had. So 15,000 dollars a year is barely above poverty and with added costs of daily life is hardly enough money to get by on.
As previously mentioned, the program in Utah that gave homes to the homeless was a huge success. So now let’s look at other non-profit organizations that help the poor. Organizations like Feeding America, Project Bread, Meals on Wheels, The Hunger Site and The Hunger Project work to feed the poor in America. Then there are organizations like Kiva, ONE, Oxfam, Jubilee USA, and the Mercy Corps that work to end poverty and help people out of poverty. If it was possible to make

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