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Poverty In America


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Poverty in America is a slideshow final I did to bring awareness to the rising issue of Poverty for one of my Human Service classes. Again, I hope to demonstrate my ability and dedication.

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Poverty In America

  1. 1. The Cycle of Poverty in America<br />Axia campus at University of Phoenix<br />Jocelyn Besse<br />February 27, 2009<br />
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  3. 3. Government Standard for Poverty<br />The standard for poverty is out dated.<br />The amount of income spent on food has more than doubled.<br />All other living expenses have inflated as well, not just the cost of feeding a family.<br />
  4. 4. Government Assistance Programs<br />Food Stamps<br />Fannie Mae Foundation<br />Welfare<br />Section 8 housing<br />WIC<br />
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  6. 6. Advocates for Social Justice<br />The mission of early social workers was to speak up for those who could not stand up for themselves.<br />Today’s social workers are more institutionalized.<br />Human services should focus more on representing the people, instead of the government.<br />
  7. 7. Concerns of Human Service Workers<br />Clients with medical issues.<br />Individuals emotional well being.<br />Reliable transportation for client to and from work.<br />Childcare available for client.<br />
  8. 8. Organizations Fighting Against Poverty<br />National Center for Children in Poverty<br />Community Action Center<br />
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  10. 10. Concerns for Human Services Industry<br />The government continues to cut programs and funding the Human Services need to provide the sufficient help.<br />Without the proper programs, the issues such as poverty, will continue to become more overwhelming.<br />Today’s economy needs programs provided by human services.<br />
  11. 11. Barriers to Ending Poverty<br />Standards for determining Poverty levels have not changed since 1960.<br />Reported incomes are inaccurate.<br />An annual salary at minimum wage does not even meet the poverty level.<br />Lack of or now inadequate education.<br />
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  13. 13. Applying Knowledge<br />The standards for poverty need to be updated.<br /> Minimum wage needs to be raised so an annual income is at least equal to the current poverty level, after taxes.<br />The poverty level could be lowered to meet the annual income after taxes.<br />
  14. 14. References<br />US Poverty Map-<br />1in 6<br /> Mexican Store<br /> Other America<br />
  15. 15. References<br />Minimum Wage Rates. 2009. U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved February 1, 2009 at<br />Some Facts about Poverty in Northern Kentucky. 2006. Northern Kentucky Community Action Center. Retrieved February 1, 2009 at<br />Fannie Mae Foundation.<br />Community Action Kentucky. 2008. Poverty in Kentucky. Retrieved January 18, 2009, from<br />