Discussion: Child Poverty and Homelessness
Child poverty and homelessness are two of the most complex problems faced by society today. Since 2000, the number of children living in poverty has increased from 11.6 million to 15 million. Today, over 20% of all children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level. In addition, it is estimated that 1% to 2% of children are homeless, a number that has surged as a result of the recent global recession and the ensuing financial strain it has placed on many families. Because growing up in poverty increases children’s risks of suffering physical, cognitive, emotional, and social problems, reducing rates of child poverty is a priority. However, politicians and policymakers often disagree on causes and solutions to child poverty, sparking vigorous debate. In this Discussion, you will consider your own thoughts on how child poverty might be addressed. Reflect on the following:
Post a description of at least three specific policies, initiatives, or programs that you think would reduce child poverty/homelessness or ameliorate its consequences. Explain briefly what each would involve and why you think it would be effective. In addition, explain at least one policy, initiative, or program that you do not think represents an effective solution to child poverty and/or homelessness. Be sure to cite the Learning Resources to support your thinking.