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Government aid Often Misses the Poorest Americans

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Dr. Michael Omidi is co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities. Today he discusses how government aid often isn’t accessible to our nation’s poorest.

Last week, The New York Times posted an article examining the distribution of government aid to the economically challenged in America. Throughout, the article raises awareness of those who are often missed in receiving financial assistance. Today, we will address the questions raised and offer suggestions on how you personally can help.

Since the mid-1980s, there has been an increase in assistance to the disabled, working poor and married couples. However, aid directed towards the poorest Americans has shrunk. From 1983 to 2004, aid to families just above the poverty line has nearly doubled. These numbers are in far contrast to those at the bottom of the income gap, those benefits have decline by one-third.

Recent government reform has emphasized rewarding those who are disadvantage that work, are disable and elderly. These are the ‘deserving poor.’ Those who do not work, are generally seen as ‘not trying’. This can be seen through the Obama administration’s proposal for a $500 tax credit to working parents with children, the increase in the national minimum wage and paid parental leave.

Much of this decline started back in the 90s with the Clinton administration’s pursuit to end welfare as we know it. That was in hopes to stop welfare cheats. However, this type of decline in aid truly hurts those who are in desperate need. With all that said, how are the country’s most poor able to get by?

Ending Poverty through Non-Profit Aid

As the article highlight, many of these men and women are forced to look through private organizations for assistance. One such man had help through the Salvation Army and various shelters. Without individual support, it then is left up to charitable contributions from individuals and non-profit organizations.

We here at No More Poverty feel for these individuals. We offer resources to those looking to get ahead by giving access to information on micro-lenders and organizations like GCLearnFree.org, which provides online education regardless of income or circumstances. We also work with many charities that help aid those in need with necessities like groceries, clothing and temporary shelter.

Ultimately, it is important for our government to help their citizens in need. Yet, the politics to do so become very difficult because of disagreeing views from both sides of the aisle. Luckily, our country has so many charitable individuals who want to help provide economic relief to those in need. You can help in that cause by donating to charitable organizations, as well as volunteering your time at shelters. As individuals, we have the power to change our nation. I hope those of you who are able to, do your part to stop poverty.

Yours in health,

Michael Omidi

The Omidi brothers, Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, along with their mother, Cindy Omidi are founders of several charities dedicated to making the world a better place.

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