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Poverty U.S.A. (02:00)


A Gallup poll found that only 5% of Americans think poverty is an important problem in their country. The wealthiest nation in the world has families with insufficient income and resources to afford the basic necessities like housing and food.

U.S. Census Bureau (01:37)

One in five children in the U.S. lives in poverty. Factors such as low education and one parent homes combined with an environment of drugs and crime exacerbates the problem. Situational poverty is not as easy to spot as urban poverty.

Situational Poverty (01:53)

Immigrants are essential to American prosperity, but they struggle to survive in a foreign country while sending money back home. Multi-generational poverty perpetuates itself through lack of education, motivation, and support systems.

What Does Homeless Look Like? (02:15)

At least 750,000 people are without shelter on any given night in the U.S. Over the course of a year, between 1.3 and 2 million people will experience homelessness. This does not include those who are temporarily or institutionally housed.

Homeless Stereotype (02:00)

The homeless population is diverse, transient, and growing. It is viewed as a temporary event even though it may be repeated by the same people. Many are women and children escaping from domestic violence.

Substance Abuse (03:05)

A large percentage of the homeless population is dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. An expert explains use, abuse, and dependency.

Daily Life from Homeless Addicts (02:45)

Homeless people share stories about drug use and alcoholism. An expert explains that addicts often identify as victims.

Hard to Find Help (02:38)

Homeless people describe a lack of employment opportunity even after paying their debts to society.

Reasons for Homelessness (02:04)

One of the main reasons that people are homeless is lack of education, which can make it difficult to get a job. A certified drug counselor explains how he was able to get back on his feet with the support of others.

Dual Diagnosis (03:08)

Many homeless people are mentally disabled, but do not qualify for assistance. Some also have a mental illness or personality disorder. When living on the street people often become involved in prostitution or drugs.

Uncertain Future (02:29)

A Vietnam War veteran explains his situation. Many homeless people form "street families" to have some sense of security. The working poor may not earn enough to pay for normal housing, but do not qualify for low income housing.

Future of Homelessness (03:19)

Many families are only one paycheck away from homelessness. Communities need to get more involved to make a difference in the homeless population.

Credit: Obvious Poverty: America’s Homeless (01:58)

Credit: Obvious Poverty: America’s Homeless

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Stereotypes tell us it’s easy to spot the homeless—after all, life on the street tends to leave a mark on people. But is a “homeless profile” really meaningful? In today’s economy a man in a business suit might well be living in his car; and besides, to those in society’s upper echelons, homelessness is often invisible. This program offers a profound exploration of homelessness, focusing on factors like addiction, financial hardship, mental illness, domestic abuse, and the inability to transcend a criminal background. It also outlines methods for combating homelessness in communities and in American society. Interviews with homeless people bring a real-world understanding to the issues, shedding light on the job search frustrations, bureaucratic challenges, and lack of personal safety that go hand in hand with a shelterless existence. Original program title: Eye Sore: I Sore on Obvious Poverty. A part of the series Poverty in America.  (Original series title: The 51st State.) (32 minutes)

Length: 32 minutes

Item#: BVL48033

ISBN: 978-1-62102-666-2

Copyright date: ©2011

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