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In this July 16, 2012, photo, Laura Fritz, 27, left, with her daughter Adalade Goudeseune fills out a form at the Jefferson Action Center, an assistance center in the Denver suburb of Lakewood. Both Fritz grew up in the Denver suburbs a solidly middle class family, but she and her boyfriend, who has struggled to find work, and are now relying on government assistance to cover food and $650 rent for their family. The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net. Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections. (AP Photo/Kristen Wyatt)
Eddie Electrician may provide eight hours of his time to Pete Plumber who, in return, provides eight hours of his time to Eddie Electrician. At the end of their workday, they have both received the services they needed. All services were provided as economically as possible and with no hidden costs, i.e., eight hours for eight hours.
Poverty is a condition that's very hard to escape even once an individual has taken necessary steps to do so, such as obtaining a better paying job or finding a way to get additional education or training. So Catholic Charities Community Services has created a volunteer program - Circle of Support - to help mentor and counsel people who are trying to improve their lives.
WASHINGTON — The poverty rate among older Americans could be nearly twice as high as the traditional 10 percent level, according to a revision of a half-century-old formula for calculating medical costs and geographic variations in the cost of living.
Simon Norwood, a construction worker who hasn't found work in months, poses in a garage apartment belonging to a friend in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009. The official poverty rate for Americans 65 years and older has stood for years at 10 percent, the lowest rate among age groups. But the true rate could be nearly twice that high, according to a revised formula created by the National Academy of Sciences that is gaining favor among public officials, including some in the Obama administration.
If you live in Scottsdale, chances are you can afford your own social services.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The ranks of the nation's poor have swelled to a record 46.2 million - nearly 1 in 6 Americans - as the prolonged pain of the recession leaves millions still struggling and out of work. And the number without health insurance has reached 49.9 million, the most in over two decades.
WASHINGTON -- The level of poverty in America is even worse than first believed.
The percentage of Arizonans living in poverty increased twice as fast as the national average last year. New figures Monday from the U.S. Census Bureau show an estimated 938,924 residents were in households below the poverty level. That computes to 14.7 percent of the state.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI sought to give a message of hope on Easter Sunday to victims of wars, poverty and financial turmoil, saying it was urgently needed to overcome the miseries that are plaguing Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the globe.
Pope Benedict XVI, center, acknowledges the faithful during the Easter Urbi et Orbi (To the City and to the World) blessing, as Vatican Masters of Ceremonies Mons. Francesco Camaldo, left, and Guido Marini, right, look on, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, April 12, 2009.
New U.S. Census Bureau figures on income, poverty and the uninsured paint a bleak picture locally and nationally, portending more bad news next year and setting the stage for this fall's political campaigns.
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Deep in the mechanic's pit, 12-year-old Jihad Robin found refuge, secretly smoking cigarettes on a break from his job in a car repair shop.
Palestinian Mohammed Khalil, 12, looks on while working in a scrap yard on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 7, 2008. About 35,000 West Bank children, age 15 or younger, worked full time in 2006, an increase from several thousand from 2004, said Mamoun Eid, an official in the Palestinian Labor Ministry. Still, the problem is not as prevalent as in other developing economies, and many Palestinian parents try hard to keep their children in school.
WASHINGTON - The nation's poverty rate dropped last year, the first significant decline since President Bush took office.
WASHINGTON - Even with a robust economy that was adding jobs last year, the number of Americans who fell into poverty rose to 37 million - up 1.1 million from 2003 - according to Census Bureau figures released Tuesday.
WASHINGTON - Poverty rose and income levels declined in 2002 for the second straight year as the nation's economy continued struggling after the first recession in a decade, the Census Bureau reported Friday.
NEW YORK - This week on his newsmagazine show, Bill Moyers interviews Bill Gates.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.
Fewer Arizonans were living in poverty last year than the year before that, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.
Ten years ago, Anita Cota and her family moved from the Gila River Indian Community into Tempe, and her two older daughters enrolled at Wood Elementary School. Shortly after, Cota and her husband separated. Then he was deployed to Iraq.