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Individual Interviews with People in Poverty

 

 

   
STACEY, Paterson: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Sometimes an SSI approval is a double-edged sword. Stacey received public assistance while waiting for a decision on her claim. Once allowed, her entire retroactive check was used to reimburse Social Services and her rental assistance was terminated—even though her rent still exceeds her income.

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RUTH, Passaic: One Day at a Time
Trapped in poverty by insurmountable child support debt, Ruth spent 14 years cycling between homelessness and incarceration. Though she is now in recovery and sharing a one-bedroom apartment with her 5-year-old son, the consequences of that debt will haunt her for the rest of her life.

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WAYNE, Newark: On Borrowed Time
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 is no longer able to work. He has been living in a homeless shelter since becoming evicted from his apartment.

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MONICA, Trenton: A Fight to Survive
Monica grew up in the Trenton Housing Projects, and defied the odds by graduating high school and enrolling in community college. But her life was changed forever when she was attacked by a neighborhood gang and left disabled.

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