Poverty is the lack of money, need or scarcity. In America this definition applies to over 12.7% of its people. Poverty is not something that has just recently became an issue, it has been around for many of years. For many people in America to be in poverty means that they live from paycheck to paycheck. In most cases most people find themselves without income and unable to support themselves or their family. In America most people don't face starvation although many suffer from undernourishment. A key issue in the area of poverty in America is inequality. Poor people are often looked upon for the state they're in rather than how'd they get there and how can they be helped to get out. America is suspicious of the both the poor and helping them. However there have been programs implemented to help the less fortunate. Programs such as Social Security, Food stamps, and housing assistance are programs that have helped lower the high risk of poverty. These programs have helped but are not enough to eliminate poverty. America and its government along with the poor need to work find a better way.
There is a history of poverty in America. Human beings lived in colonies and tried to survive by collecti