6 Facts You Need to Know About Poverty-Carly Danowitz

  1. The Poor Act Law was the first structured plan giving public officials guidelines on how to go about fighting poverty. It categorized the poor based on their worthiness for aid. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 286)




  1. There are many computer programming jobs, and others, which require advanced education being outsourced to other countries. Americans also wear clothes that are made by laborers in other countries that make much less than people of this country. These jobs could be given to Americans, to save many people from facing poverty. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 300)




  1. “Culture of poverty” is the set of beliefs, behaviors, and values passed down from one generation to the next that differs from those of the people who are not poor. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 294)




  1. The social workers that work for the Head Start preschool program, started in the 1960’s, serve as advocates for family outreach and work with families from low-income backgrounds to help their children prepare for elementary school. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 304)




  1. The poverty rate for blacks and American Indians is 25%, 22% for Hispanics, 11% for Asians, and 8% for whites. It is highest in the West and the South, and lowest in the Northeast and Midwest. Poverty also tends to be higher in rural areas compared to urban areas. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 302)




  1. Social workers don’t believe that there is evidence that any group is genetically inferior to another or genetics is a reasonable explanation for the large amount of people and families who fall into poverty. (DiNitto & McNeece, 2008, p. 293)




DiNitto, D., & McNeece, C. (2008). Social work: Issues and opportunities in a

challenging profession (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.


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