Nearly 20 percent of America’s children–and 13 percent of all Americans–live in poverty. Although the nation has made some progress against poverty, particularly among the elderly and female-headed families, a great deal remains to be done to move people out of poverty and up the ladder towards the middle class.
Georgia Duncan sits in front of her home in Anacostia in Ward 8 of Washington, DC, November 2012. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
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It’s the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, yet suburbia is home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country.
Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube offer anti-poverty strategies that work region-wide.
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Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities
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