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Poverty in Detroit MI.

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Blake Paquette

on 11 March 2014

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Statistics say that Detroit has 44% below the poverty line. The rest of Michigan only 20.7% below the poverty line which is a big difference from Detroit.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Malnutrition and Hunger
Detroit's Cycle of Poverty
Living Wage vs. Minimum Wage
-Over 4 million households are threatened by hunger or starvation
-500,000 people, including 200,000 children, are at risk of hunger.
-Over 700,000 people don't know where their next meal will come from.

-Poorest American big city
-33.6% are below the poverty line
-Causes of Poverty: Segregation, job-loss, layoffs, and even mental illness
-1 in 5 people in Detroit suffer from some sort of mental disorder, which contributes to the rising poverty level
- One in four children in are trapped in the cycle of poverty




Living wage for two adults and one child in Detroit is $17.08.
Poverty in Detroit MI
Poverty Threshold
"Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus."
“We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes" -Detroit Cities Motto

Minimum wage for two adults and one child is $7.40 which worse than the Poverty wage.
Cost of Living
-Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 80.66
-Rent Index: 28.25
-MiChild: a government program that provides low income families with healthcare for their children
Falling Wages
Reduced/No government Aid
-Detroit went Bankrupt, filed for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy protection

-Directly correlated with unionized jobs disappearing
-Unemployment Insurance is not enough for Detroit to reverse this decline
Hidden and Literal Homelessness
Hidden: 1 in 3 homeless people are considered by the state of Michigan "hidden"
Literal: Majority are experiencing literal homelessness, 1 in 5 people below the poverty line is literally homeless
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