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Poverty in Focus

 
 

Poverty in Focus combines print and video coverage of poverty in the Garden State in an effort to illustrate the various causes and consequences of deprivation of basic needs. It incorporates interviews with low-income New Jersey residents, legal and social service advocates, and public policy experts in areas that disproportionately affect people in poverty. Comments and questions may be sent to povertyinfocus@lsnj.org.

 

 

POVERTY AND THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

Despite local and national efforts to ensure that children are not removed from their parents for reasons of financial insecurity, estimates suggest the majority of children in foster care come from low-income households, and racial and ethnic minorities are significantly over-represented in the system. The articles and videos in this section illustrate some of the challenges in this area and the efforts underway to address them.

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POVERTY AND THE THREAT OF EMINENT DOMAIN

Eminent domain, the process by which a government can take private property for public use, poses a unique threat to low-income homeowners across the state. The articles and videos in this section highlight the efforts of local residents to not only protect their property, but to take care of it and to work to improve it wherever possible.

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INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWS WITH PEOPLE IN POVERTY

Wayne worked low-wage jobs in Newark for years, but following the death of his mother and the loss of the family home, his health deteriorated to the point where he could no longer work. He was evicted from his apartment and living in a homeless shelter at the time of his interview. Learn more about Wayne and others living in poverty in New Jersey.

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