Raising social services for people living in poverty
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P1: such as the way the poverty line is calculated does not keep up to date with the cost of living in specific areas.
P2: the calculation process was also established in 1963 and has not changed since then, a lot has evolved since then and family necessities have broadened
P1: Poverty has declined steadily from an estimated 50 percent of the population in 1964 to 19 percent in 1992.
P2: For decades, the living conditions of the poor have steadily improved. Consumer items that were luxuries or significant purchases for the middle class a few decades ago have become commonplace in poor households.
For example, 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. 92 percent of poor households have a microwave. Nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks. Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV. Half have a personal computer, and one in seven have two or more computers. More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation. 43 percent have Internet access. One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV. One-fourth have a digital video recorder system, such as a TiVo.
"The broad array of modern conveniences in the homes of the poor is the result of decades of steady progress in the living standards of the poor. Year by year, the poor tend to be better off. Consumer items that were luxuries or significant purchases for the middle class a few decades ago have become commonplace in poor households"
"More than half of poor households had at least five of the following 10 conveniences: a computer, cable or satellite TV, air conditioning, Internet service, a large-screen TV, non-portable stereo, computer printer, separate freezer or second refrigerator, microwave, and at least one color TV. One-fourth of the poor had seven or more of these 10 items in their homes."
If these people are on the "poverty line" and can afford these items, it is evident that they are doing well for themselves and family. People need to take into account that these luxuries cost money and are expensive. If these people are poor and do not have a job, there is no way they can obtain such amenities.
People living in poverty should not be assisted by social services because when determining the poverty line there are many aspects that are not looked at.
Just because they have things in there home that are convinently helpful or even entertaining does not mean they struggle with paying bills or finding child care or providing food. There are thorough investigations where they see how much money they have in their account or even how much rent is payed but even then what should the government do make them sell their things to be financially well? The people need to be helped with constant bills buying these things are once in a while but bills are every month.
96 percent of poor parents stated that their children were never hungry at any time during the year because they could not afford food.
83 percent of poor families reported having enough food to eat.
82 percent of poor adults reported never being hungry at any time in the prior year due to lack of money for food.
42 percent of poor households actually own their own homes.
The vast majority of the homes or apartments of the poor are in good repair.
These appliances cost money and if the bill is being paid for its use, then it does not matter about the person receiving a check for a social service since they are taking care of their house and family. These people are not poor, and if they are, a person would not have these amenities to use for fun. These aspects are not looked at because people assume without research. The statistics prove that even though they are called poor, they are doing well for themselves and family. A poor person would not have these appliances, but these people do and are doing well. These aspects need to be looked at when determining the poverty line.
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