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The Self-Sufficiency Standard

  As an alternative to the outdated federal poverty measure, The University of Washington developed the self-sufficiency standard; this standard estimates the amount of income a household of a given size, age and location needs to pay for their necessities without government assistance. Unlike the federal poverty measure, the self-sufficiency standard accounts for living...

Federal Poverty Measure

  Introduced by Mollie Orshansky in 1964 and adopted by former President Lyndon B. Johnson, the current official U.S. poverty measure classifies those who fall below a standard of need and sets eligibility thresholds for public programs (e.g., food stamps). Because the average American household spent one-third of their income on food, this guideline...

Views of Across The Street

Photo Caption: Hyper-segregation in the Lincoln Square Neighborhood. Witnessing the exorbitant distinction between areas within a single neighborhood can leave a stranger quite befuddled. After casually walking through Manhattan, I came across an enigma in the Lincoln Square neighborhood that left me flabbergasted. In the matter of a few minutes, I went from seeing...

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