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The report also highlighted under-reporting of income and the gap between income and spending. The report says the poor often make money that is not reported, including that from self-employment and the so-called “gray economy,” adding that the 1995 Census had the lowest 20 percent making $8,350, but spending $14,607. The report also said 41 percent of the poor own homes: typically a three bedroom, one-and-a-half bath house in good repair with a carport or garage, porch or patio and a half-acre of land.

Foundation, by 1998, immiAlthough the size of the povgrants were three to four erty population has been fairly times more likely to lack a high school education than stable, its composition has not were nonimmigrants. been. The people who were poor in 1981 aren’t poor now. The 4 million poor people who were over 65 back then are mostly dead now. The millions of household heads who were unemployed then are probably retired from their jobs. And all those welfare kids being raised by single moms in 1981 are now grown up.

Alternate thresholds ranged from a low of $17,200 to $21,800. Is Poverty a Problem? 31 Should Noncash Payments Lower Thresholds? There are some who attack the poverty line for not considering noncash payments. A study by the Census Bureau that factored various forms of government aid produced numbers that lowered the poverty threshold. Using government figures from 2002, Besharov and Germanis estimated a family can receive almost $18,000 in noncash benefits a year. Not every family receives all available benefits.

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