Poverty
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White poverty and me

Poverty
by Cal Thomas
Posted 3/10/16, 11:16 am

In his continuing effort to pit races and classes against each other, Democratic presidential candidate and self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has said that if you are white, "you don't know what it's like to be poor."

He should drive some of the roads I've driven in West Virginia, among other places. Some of the homes of the white poor look like throwbacks from an earlier time.

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Welfare, yes; work optional

Welfare | Changes in New York since Mayor Bloomberg’s departure show local bureaucracies can make or break welfare reform
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/05/16, 01:00 am

Two years ago, when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of Steve Banks to head the city’s Human Resources Administration (HRA), Banks joked that his HRA would be “the first one I’m not going to bring a lawsuit against.” The new mayor laughed, but nobody doubted a major philosophical change was underway at the city agency that administers public benefits.

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New poverty-tracking tool quantifies physical needs

Poverty
by Gaye Clark
Posted 1/29/16, 02:05 pm

The Salvation Army is best known for offering charitable relief to those in poverty. But for years it has also kept meticulous records of how many people came through its doors, what sort of needs they had, and the cost of their relief.

“It is time to put all that data to use,” said David Jeffrey, national commander of the Salvation Army USA.

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