By in Random

What is the Standard for Poverty?

The poor ye have always with you.” { John 12: 8 }

Not only are the poor always with us but they are all over the world. From what I can tell - by comparison - there's “poor” and there's PO!

P-O … have to break off the word, because some people can't afford the last two letters.

Growing up in my home in Liberty City / Miami, Florida, we were considered “financially disadvantaged”. When I was a child we lived in the “projects” - short for federal housing projects, which is an initiative of the U.S. Government to house people with low income who could not afford to buy their own home or pay rent at the current market rates for a nice neighborhood. You could say we were “poor” but bet there are people in other countries who would beg to differ.

America has poor people. Other countries have PO PEOPLE!!!

For those who live outside of the United States of America – does your government provide some sort of housing for the poor?

How are the less fortunate treated where you live?

There are some things I've seen on public television ... it is just heart-wrenching!

[ NOTE: Sorry for categorizing this as “Random”. Couldn't think where else to put it. (O.o ) ]

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phoenixmaid wrote on February 10, 2015, 5:38 PM

Many people would like to claim that their is no poverty in countries like the US or UK quite simply because our homes have toilets and running water (of course these people quite simply choose to ignore the thoundsands of people who can't afford homes). Yes we have running water and toilets in our homes but when you have to make the choice between the roof over your head or food in your stomach then you are living in poverty. The fact that the US and the UK have so many people having to make that choice every day is something every citizen of both countries should be deeply ashamed of.

melon1234 wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:19 PM

I think theres a slight difference in poor and poverty, you may JUST have a roof over your head but you may not be able to afford food, water bills and other things you need. Every winter people die specifically old due to being unable to heat up their homes that they die from the cold. I have lived in situations where we had to choose heat over food, transportation to work over food or just go without and walk to work and without the food till we are paid.

crowntower wrote on February 11, 2015, 5:09 AM

Many are corrupts in the government, but the true poor who has a good heart and wants to get out of their poverty life are being bless to have a great life through their own persistence and effort and some through the help of the government which they value much and use wisely. But to some who has a wicked heart are continuing to live a shabby greedy and wicked life that they keep on passing to their kids and teach the poor kids to be wicked as them. They are the people who always get the best treatment, facility and housing programs that the government house, but those wicked poor people will sell the house that the government gave them and find another place where they trespass and swat, and when the owner found out and ask them to leave the place, those poor people are the one who gets angry and rebel and complain to the government. It is not really hard to help the poor but the wicked minds will always be wicked and always betray its helper.

WordChazer wrote on February 12, 2015, 1:23 PM

We have council housing or social housing for the financially disadvantaged. This does regrettably lead to ghettoisation of some areas, but in others there is a mix of social housing and privately owned or rented so the general tone is higher. You'd be surprised what some council house tenants consider necessary when they don't have to shell out for a mortgage too...

cmoneyspinner wrote on February 12, 2015, 4:19 PM

In the USA there's low income housing and there's also a program called “Section 8”. This program gives people an opportunity to live in a nice neighborhood because the government helps them pay the rent. Private landlords who own rental property can sign up for the program and qualified or eligible applicants can live there. For some people who appreciate the assistance and want something out of life, it's a lift up. For others? We have an expression here in America and my people know what I'm talking about. “You can take da nigga out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of da nigga!” Some people will stay broke and poor no matter what kind of help you try to give them because they just don't aspire to rise any higher. Thanks for your holler back!! :)

livingnow wrote on February 14, 2015, 12:46 PM

I guess the poverty level depends on the country level where the poor people live in.

BodieMor wrote on February 19, 2015, 8:25 PM

i've learned that some U.S. shelters are avoided by people who have pets or any belongings that they can't keep with them. How does that help? They are supposed to leave their pets and belongings behind to deal with the elements and thievery? However, I suppose the idea of poverty is relative. Not all countries provide shelters for the homeless.

Shellyann36 wrote on February 25, 2015, 9:20 AM

I live in North Carolina. We have plenty of homeless here. Lots of people who are homeless don't qualify for public housing or Section 8. There is a 2 to 3 year waiting list with the disabled and households with children getting the first available. Most of the homeless people I have encountered have been single males and females. My friend was kicked out of her home a few months ago and we let her live with us for over a month. She did not meet the criteria for housing or Section 8. She tried shelters but often times they get full fast.

cmoneyspinner wrote on February 26, 2015, 4:08 PM

There was an incredible human interest story I saw on television once. This guy was homeless but there was a lady who always showed him kindness. One day she was laid off and it wasn't long before she and her child were living day to day in a motel room. When the homeless man realized she was now homeless he made more “earnest begging efforts” every day. Enough to help the lady pay her bill every night. He continued sleeping on the streets. When other people heard about what the guy was doing … How did people find out? He showed at the motel each day with a bag full of coins he'd collected to pay the bill!! Let's just say the story had a happy ending for the lady and the homeless guy. It's kind of my way of saying … “I don't get this 'not qualifying' stuff!” What part of “I don't have a job through no fault of my own, and my home is now the streets” is unclear??? Thanks for your comments!

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Shellyann36 wrote on February 28, 2015, 11:57 PM

That is a wonderful story. I am so glad it has a happy ending.

cmoneyspinner wrote on June 24, 2016, 1:01 PM

* MBS Novermber 2015

cmoneyspinner wrote on June 27, 2016, 9:35 PM

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