Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs pyramid. The bottom two levels reflect basic needs, the next two reflect psychological needs, and top reflects self-fulfillment needs.
1 - Between 2009-2012 34.5% of the U.S. population had at least one spell of poverty lasting two months or more.
2 - Poverty or insecurity? Only 57.9% of people polled have set aside enough funds to cover three months of expenses. So - more than 42% of population is living pay-check to pay-check. Job loss is devastating.
3- Childhood poverty is toxic. Stress, malnutrition, lack of prenatal care, and a multiple of other lacks means poverty leads to cognitive, social, & health deficits. Over 30 % of children (in the U.S.) live in poverty.
4 - Geography is destiny. Where you are born is important because of distribution of social services.
5 - Race is still a factor.
6 - Caregiving complicates everything. Single mothers must work and pay for child-care.
7 - It is estimated that 2/3 of people suffering from persistent poverty are disabled.
8 - Hard work is not enough: Poverty wages - 32 % of women and 24% of men work in poverty-wage jobs.
9 - Access to healthcare reduces poverty.
10 - Prison leads to poverty, poverty leads to prison.
11 - Climate Change is a Poverty Problem. Poor hit harder by weather events.
12 - Money reduces poverty: Social Security and other programs reduce poverty by redistributing wealth.
13 - The War on Poverty did not totally Fail, it reduced some poverty.
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