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Poverty. Questions to Consider What is poverty? –What does it look like to be poor? –Why is there poverty? –Where is there poverty? What does a person.

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1 Poverty

2 Questions to Consider What is poverty? –What does it look like to be poor? –Why is there poverty? –Where is there poverty? What does a person need to have an adequate standard of living?

3 According to the United Nations lack of resources lack of capabilities and choices lack of security lack of adequate standard of living lack of rights (civil, cultural, economic, political and social)

4 What does this mean? lack of resources –Lack of materials necessary to survive lack of capabilities and choices –Lack of education and skills necessary to choose your future lack of security –Consistent exposure to violence and ongoing conflict

5 What does this mean? lack of adequate standard of living –Safe and clean housing, healthcare and transportation are inaccessible (Standard of Living also encompasses resources, choices and security) lack of rights (civil, cultural, economic, political and social) –They are denied to you because of a weak or oppressive government –They are inaccessible to you because you are poor (lack an adequate Standard of Living)

6 How is the official UN definition used? Used to identify, assess and act effectively on global situations. Used as a standard or reference point across nations. Commonly measured as an income of $1 to $2 a day.

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8 The United States

9 United States Definition of Poverty Minimum Wage: $7.25 per hour Two Adults No children $ 14,417 One child $ 17,330 Two children $ 21,834

10 How does it all add up? Health Insurance - About 47 million people (16%) were without health insurance coverage in This included about 9 million children. Federal Programs - In May 2008, 28,400,000 people collected food stamps. Need for Federal Funds - In 2007, 37.3 million people (12.5%) in the United States were in poverty.

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12 Poverty in Mountain View According to the 2000 Census: 6.8% of the population and 3.6% of families in Mountain View had incomes below the poverty line in % of native-born residents live below the poverty line. 7.0% of foreign-born residents live below the poverty line. 7.2% of those under the age of 18 were living below the poverty line. 6% of Mountain View residents are below the poverty line vs. 12% for the whole state.

13 Teach-In Essential Questions 1.What is poverty? 2.Is poverty inevitable? 3.Is poverty best addressed through public or private efforts?


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