A book written by Sociologist Matthew Desmond appeared in March 2023.  It coincided with a steep rise in housing shortages since 2022.  The standard of living has increased but owning a cell phone, a microwave oven, and a TV doesn’t imply prosperity.

Since 1996, states have received federal aid in block grants and have considerable leeway.  For example, in 2020 only 22% of the federal money budgeted by TANF went to poor families.  Nonetheless, 85% of SNAP money went directly to food stamps and 93% of Medicaid went to healthcare.  Unable to buy or borrow, the poor renters and homeless among us are vulnerable and exploited.  Read more>>>


Poverty Persists in the US

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