Journeys through Poverty: Voices of the Poor
Who is poor in America? Why are they poor? What do we do about it? What works and what doesn't? The poor encompass a diverse population of working families, the homeless, children, seniors, chronically ill, and many others. We will discuss our historic and contemporary attempts to tackle poverty—from "poorhouses" to current welfare programs. We will visit soup kitchens, innovative housing programs, and other programs for the poor, and hear the stories of those who struggle to get by—and their plans and hopes for upward mobility.