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U.N. Development Goals

Thursday, September 26, 2013

John Hendra, assistant secretary-general at the UN Women and co-chair of the UN Development Group Millennium Development Goals Task Force, discusses the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

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NYC’s Poverty Rate Goes Up for 3rd Straight Year

Thursday, September 20, 2012

An estimated 74,000 more New Yorkers fell into poverty last year, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday. It marks the third straight year that the poverty rate has ticked up in New York City.

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The Takeaway

Lack of the Safety Net: Homelessness and America's Tent Cities

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The ripple effect of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis and a chronically sluggish economy have changed the face of poverty in America. Sections of the population who never previously utilized the "safety net" have experienced long periods of under, or unemployment and struggled to get by. According to recent Census data, 47 million Americans now live below the poverty line. In 55 cities across the country, the new urban poor have responded by living in tent cities.

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Bloomberg: Job Creation Key to Fighting Rising Poverty

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said job creation is key to help tamp down the city's swelling poverty numbers, and that the city has some of the strongest social safety net programs in the country.


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America's Deepening Poverty Problem

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

People weren’t prepared to lose their jobs. They weren’t prepared to go without income for as long as they have. Even for families higher up the economic ladder, people had too much debt and not enough savings, so this recession has hit everyone hard.

— Rachel Black, a policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Census Report on Poverty

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rachel Black, a policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, looks at the new Census Bureau report showing a record number of Americans living below the poverty line.

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