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Social Factors Affecting Inner City Poverty Poverty has stricken the country with thousands of inner city families facing dilemmas that contribute to their inability to reach a higher economic social status Each year the US Department of Health and Human Services issues updates for the US Federal Poverty Measure These updates report thresholds that determine eligibility for particular federal programs and also is used to set an income measure which allows the National Census Bureau to estimate the percentage of the population who are indeed suffering from poverty The 200 HHS Poverty Guidelines These poverty-stricken homes have very few ways to escape the economic trap that they are in Forty-two percent of all poor live in metropolitan areas of 300000 or more Harris 12 By examining the factors that affect the poverty within Americas inner cities one can easily see the economic damage that each can cause Three major factors that affect poverty in the inner cities are the lack of educational and oc cupational opportunities to those who live in the communities racial and economic segregation and governmental ignorance and abandonment of the urban communities Over twenty percent of all children under age eighteen are now living in poverty 12 Impoverished students tend to have much lower test scores higher dropout rates fewer students in demanding classes less well-prepared teachers and a low percentage of college-bound students Orfield 56 More parental involvement in active learning including programs that teach parents how to help and teach their children should be fundamental in improving the system Dreir 114 Without the education or skills to obtain a job these students will most likely fall into the trap that poverty has already set upon them The federal government must train the people of the inner cities The only way to stay permanently out of poverty is to be well trained to attract high-wage high skill and high productive jobs In February of 1997 the total unemployment rate in
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