The issue of poverty has put a huge burden on the United States government. Millions of families are struggling with the payment of bills. The country is trying to fight this problem, however with more than 37 million people (a staggering 1 out of 8 US-Americans) living in poverty, not being able to afford every-day necessities while working 2 or even 3 jobs at a time, it becomes clear that this issue will not be solved quickly. In addition – the recent economic crisis has only worsened matters, since the unemployment rate has sky-rocketed, and the problem is sharpened by factors like crime, lack of education and defective health care. This book gives a comprehensive insight on the current poverty situation in the United States, closely examining the major concerns, the solutions and policies proposed, as well as looking at the most poverty-stricken places in the country.