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Play Button  Full Program - Living Below the Line
Play Button  Cost to the Community - Randy Nichols with the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless says helping those in need is the fiscally responsible choice for the government.
Play Button  Partnering with Government - Randy Nichols with the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless says nonprofits and the government can partner to deliver what the community wants.
Play Button  Another Kind of Welfare - Belinda Davis, a political science professor at LSU, explains that many government programs the middle-class use are also technically welfare.
Play Button  ExtraSubsidizing Business with the Minimum Wage - Belinda Davis, a political science professor at LSU, details the benefits of raising the minimum wage.
Play Button  Changing Mindsets - Janet Simmons with HOPE Ministries says the ways of the world are modeled after the mindset of the middle-class. People that grow up in poverty have to relearn their mindsets.
Play Button  Poverty of Vocabulary - Janet Simmons with HOPE Ministries recalls a study on the vocabulary of different socioeconomic classes.

11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

Nearly a fifth of Louisianans live below the poverty line. For an individual, that means an income of less than $11,770 a year. A family of four brings in less than $24,250. What is living in poverty like? What factors cause such a high percentage of the state’s population to live under such conditions? What hurdles are there to escaping poverty and how can they be overcome? Why is the gap widening between those who have the most and those who have the least? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Living Below the Line” airing Wednesday, November 18th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, November 17th )

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I really wish I could have been on the panel regarding the subject of poverty!! I hope LPB addresses this topic again! I have unique experience working with one of the poorest of the poor families in BR who have time and again fallen through virtually every crack in the social service and charity systems. The “network” of support in BR is attrocious. There are so many cracks for the really poor to fall through. This family I have been working with continues to live in dire poverty because they cannot get the support they need in the community. People have been shocked by this family’s story. It and the uphill battle they face is a story that must be told. It is truly tragic. And the failures in the system have not adequately been addressed in this program.

Posted by Michelle Mouton  on  11/18  at  08:21 PM

An excellent discussion - thanks to all who participated!

For more information on family economic stability and other issues affecting our children and families, read the Louisiana Platform for Children. The Platform was developed by the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, NASW/LAChapter, the Louisiana Budget Project and other partners.  The full Platform report is available at www.louisianapartnership.org. 

Information about the impact of poverty on infants and toddlers is available from Zero to Three—- http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/infant-toddler-policy-issues/poverty-infographic.html

Thanks to LPB for highlighting this critical issue of such importance to our most vulnerable families.

Posted by Sherry Guarisco  on  11/19  at  10:46 AM

Thanks for your programming and coverage of this topic, poverty in Louisiana. However, I am not sure of the objective or purpose of the program. We all gained some awarness about circumstances and conditions, but the there was no real problem statement that came out of the discussions. The guests generaly were prompted to answer the question, “What should we do?”

Also the survey boxes us in to limited resources for understanding and solutions: government problem or taxation problem. The ultimate story is that for over 150 years Louisiana has been poor and its people are poor, why? If you stick to the why longer in these forums you will lead to strategic problem statements. Ultimately the problem statement to me, this day is: “Louisiana does not care about the problem of poverty and does not see how it effects every aspect of our lives no matter what our status.”

Posted by Leonard Joseph  on  11/19  at  11:42 AM


Posted by David McDonald  on  11/23  at  10:28 AM
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