Factors that cause poverty in the US as described by Iceland (2013)

1. What does the word poverty suggest to you? Please click on the following to read

Being Poor September 3, 2005 By John Scalzi

Being Poor

2. What are the main contributors or factors that cause poverty in the US as described by Iceland (2013)?
3. Briefly compare and contrast a few  differences described by Putnam (2015) in chapter 2 between the elite  family and their privileged son, Andrew and Kayla’s story at the  opposite end of the economic spectrum.
4. Watch  the Tour Poverty USA  on YouTube:

AND      Take the     Poverty Quiz (14 questions) available here:     http://www.povertyusa.org/poverty-resources/quiz/ —     link out of service, please use:

  • Poverty Quiz  – National Center for Children in Poverty


{Keep in mind that the 2018 poverty level for a family of 4 is only $25,100      https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines}
(a.) How would you survive on a budget like this?

(b.) What would you leave out?

5.  (a) When was the poverty line created? CITE where you found the data   (b) Who created the poverty line formula? CITE where you found the data   (c) How is the poverty line measured/formulated currently? CITE where you found the data   (d) Discuss 3 ways the poverty line should be revamped or revised to better those living in poverty.

Here are some sources to help you answer question #5:

Poverty Guidelines    http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/papers/hptgssiv.htm   How was the poverty line developed?    http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/faq.cfm

Why is the Federal Poverty Line So Far Off?


Further resources on poverty measurement, poverty lines, and their history from US Department of Health and Human Services:


Who’s poor? Depends how you measure it
Experts say our outdated definition could miss some people who most need help
The Boston  Globe
Amy Crawford
March 01, 2015

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