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$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

A New York Times extraordinary ebook of the Year

“A awesome booklet which can rather well switch the best way we predict approximately poverty within the United States.” — New York instances ebook Review

“Powerful . . . provides a deeply relocating human face that brings the beautiful numbers to existence. it's an explosive e-book . . . The tales will make you offended and holiday your heart.” — American Prospect 

Jessica Compton’s relations of 4 could don't have any source of revenue if she didn’t donate plasma two times per week at her neighborhood donation middle in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter, Brianna, in Chicago, usually haven't any meals yet spoiled milk on weekends.

After twenty years of really good learn on American poverty, Kathryn Edin spotted whatever she hadn’t noticeable sooner than — families surviving on nearly no funds source of revenue. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, knowledgeable on calculating earning of the terrible, to find that the variety of American households residing on $2.00 consistent with individual, in line with day, has skyrocketed to at least one and a part million families, together with approximately 3 million children.

the place do those households dwell? How did they get so desperately negative? via this book’s eye-opening research and lots of compelling profiles, relocating and startling solutions emerge. $2.00 a Day promises new proof and new rules to our nationwide debate on source of revenue inequality.
“Harrowing . . . [An] very important and heart-rending ebook, within the culture of Michael Harrington’s The different America.” — Los Angeles Times

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Joy radiates from Modonna’s and Brianna’s faces and animates their words when they talk about their stay at the Marriott. The next stop was the homeless shelter—a succession of them, actually, all across Chicago. Today, the day she finally visits the DHS office at the urging of her friend, Modonna finds herself in a line she doesn’t want to be in, asking the government for help she doesn’t think it will give her. After about a half hour, the doors open. After another half hour, the queue has advanced enough to allow Modonna to escape the rain and move inside.

She suggests, making only brief eye contact. When queried, the woman admits that an online application won’t get Modonna very far. She will still have to come in for an appointment. Modonna was right, and her friend was wrong. This was a waste of time. Modonna is convinced now more than ever that they just aren’t giving out cash at the DHS office anymore, and to a certain degree she’s right. Out of every one hundred Americans, fewer than two get aid from today’s cash welfare program. Just 27 percent of poor families with children participate.

They showed how, despite receiving a few hundred dollars in welfare benefits each month, these families still struggled to survive. Typically, they were able to cover only about three-fifths of their expenses with the cash and in-kind assistance they received from the welfare office. Each month, they had to scramble to bridge the large gap in their budgets. Yet on the whole, Edin and Lein found that by deploying grit and ingenuity, these families were usually able to stave off the most severe forms of material deprivation.

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