War on Poverty http://wrkf.org en One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break http://wrkf.org/post/one-familys-story-shows-how-cycle-poverty-hard-break Desiree Metcalf's story is heartbreaking, but among the 46 million Americans who are poor today, her story is not unique.<p>Metcalf is 24 years old.<p>She's the mother of three little girls — ages 6, 4 and 2. They all have different fathers.<p>"That about sums me up, I think," she says.<p>Metcalf is sitting on the floor of her two-bedroom apartment in the small town of Bath, in western New York. A fish tank gurgles in the background. A tiny kitten peeks out from under the furniture. Wed, 07 May 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 26278 at http://wrkf.org One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break The Changing Picture Of Poverty: Hard Work Is 'Just Not Enough' http://wrkf.org/post/changing-picture-poverty-hard-work-just-not-enough There are 46 million poor people in the U.S., and millions more hover right above the poverty line — but go into many of their homes, and you might find a flat-screen TV, a computer or the latest sneakers.<p>And that raises a question: What does it mean to be poor in America today?<p>Take Victoria Houser, a 22-year-old single mother who lives in Painted Post, a small town in western New York. At first glance, her life doesn't look all that bad. She lives in a cozy two-bedroom apartment. She has food, furniture and toys for her almost 2-year-old son, Brayden. Wed, 07 May 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 26232 at http://wrkf.org The Changing Picture Of Poverty: Hard Work Is 'Just Not Enough' Minimum Wage Loses Ground Since Its Banner Year In 1968 http://wrkf.org/post/minimum-wage-loses-ground-its-banner-year-1968 This week, we've been looking back at the legacy of the "War on Poverty," launched by Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago. The arsenal included government programs such as Head Start, food stamps and a push to increase the nation's minimum wage.<p>"We must extend the coverage of our minimum wage laws to more than 2 million workers now lacking this basic protection of purchasing power," Johnson said.<p>Low-wage workers actually saw their purchasing power peak while Johnson was in office. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:09:28 +0000 Scott Horsley 21163 at http://wrkf.org Minimum Wage Loses Ground Since Its Banner Year In 1968 Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds' http://wrkf.org/post/coal-mining-area-grapples-how-keep-bright-young-minds <em>Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." His arsenal included new programs: Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, food stamps, more spending on education and tax cuts to help create jobs.</em><p><em>In the coming year, NPR will explore the impact and extent of poverty in the U.S., and what can be done to reduce it.</em><p>When President Johnson waged war against poverty in 1964, he traveled to Martin County, Ky., an Appalachian coal-mining region with a poverty rate of more than 60 percent, to promote his cam Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 21049 at http://wrkf.org Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds' For LBJ, The War On Poverty Was Personal http://wrkf.org/post/lbj-war-poverty-was-personal President Lyndon Johnson stood in the Capitol on Jan. 8, 1964, and, in his first State of the Union address, committed the nation to a war on poverty.<p>"We shall not rest until that war is won," Johnson said. "The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it."<p>It was an effort that had been explored under President Kennedy, but it firmly — and quickly — took shape under Johnson.<p>On Nov. 22, 1963, just hours after Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson was meeting with advisers in Washington to get the affairs of state in order. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:15:55 +0000 NPR Staff 21021 at http://wrkf.org For LBJ, The War On Poverty Was Personal Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles http://wrkf.org/post/kentucky-county-gave-war-poverty-face-still-struggles <em>Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." His arsenal included new programs: Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, food stamps, more spending on education, and tax cuts to help create jobs. </em><p><em>At the time, 1 in 5 Americans was poor. Today, things are better, but tens of millions of Americans are still living at or below the poverty level. That raises the question: Did the war on poverty fail? Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 21008 at http://wrkf.org Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles