ERIC Number: ED292922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-7
Reference Count: N/A
Poverty in the 1980's. Hearing on Examining Poverty and Policy Issues in the 1980's and To Explore Innovative Methods To Improve the Current Poverty Situation in the United States, before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
This hearing before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources focuses on poverty in the 1980s. The goal was to explore innovative methods to improve the nation's poverty situation. The historical background, including the War on Poverty of the 1960s, was discussed. Much of the testimony centered around Michael Harrington's book, "The Other America." In the 25 years since its publication, the poverty rate has remained high. Main points in the testimony were the following: (1) family structure changes are overemphasized as causes of poverty; (2) the economy and reductions in benefits are major causes of poverty; (3) jobs must be created in order to lower poverty rates; (4) the public must be educated to dispel them of the myth that welfare mothers and ghetto dwellers do not want to work; and (5) related problems such as affordable housing must be remedied along with the elimination of poverty. (VM)
Descriptors: Economic Change, Economic Factors, Family Status, Fringe Benefits, Housing Deficiencies, Population Trends, Poverty, Public Policy, Social Change, Welfare Recipients
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
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