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Chapter 1: Are Poverty and Homelessness Serious Problems?
Poverty and Inequality Are Serious Problems in the United States
Homelessness Is a Serious Problem
Life for the Working Poor Is Exceptionally Difficult
Child Poverty Has Decreased
The Difficulties of the Working Poor Are Overstated
Chapter 2: What Causes Poverty and Homelessness?
Broken Families and Single Parenthood Contribute to Poverty
Single Mothers Are Unfairly Blamed for Poverty
Personal Irresponsibility Causes Poverty
Unjust Government Policies Contribute to Poverty
American Immigration Policy Contributes to Poverty
A Variety of Social Factors Causes Homelessness
Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill Contributes to Homelessness
Chapter 3: Has Welfare Reform Helped the Poor?
Welfare Reform Benefits Single Mothers
The Media Downplay the Benefits of Welfare Reform
Welfare Reform Has Not Helped the Poor
Welfare Reform Has Not Reduced Poverty
Welfare Reform Will Add to the Ranks of the Homeless
Chapter 4: What Strategies Would Benefit the Poor and the Homeless?
Promoting Marriage Would Reduce Poverty
Promoting Marriage Would Not Reduce Poverty
The Affluent Should Give a Large Portion of Their Income to the Poor
The Affluent Should Not Give Money to the Poor
Increased Access to Shelters Would Help the Homeless
Handouts Often Harm the Homeless
Charity Means You Don't Pick and Choose
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