Category: Poverty in the USA
Behind Hollywood’s glamour: Shocking images of poverty and homelessness in downtown Los Angeles
worker | December 27, 2017 | 7:41 pm | Poverty in the USA | Comments closed

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Behind Hollywood’s glamour: Shocking images of poverty and homelessness in downtown Los Angeles
Tents of homeless people in
downtown Los Angeles, California.
  • Capitalism Exposed in L.A. 
  • What lies behind the glamorous showcase of the United States’ second largest city?  
  • Rubbish bags piled up by the pavements and littered across streets. Tents erected in clusters where people have camped down for the night. Dozens of directionless residents congregating by the roadside and wandering into the road.  
  • This is what Christmas Day looked like for thousands of homeless people in the dark and dingy underbelly of Downtown Los Angeles this year.  
  • Shot on 5th Street, 6th Steet and San Pedro in the Skid Row district, a video captures life in one of the city’s most notorious homeless hotspots. This area of LA’s central business zone is considered to be one of the most dangerous places to live in the city. Rubbish bags litter the streets and tents have been erected to shelter residents – including women and children.
  • Rising cost of living in California is also forcing middle class residents to live in their cars in affluent areas. A lucky few will find food and somewhere warm to sleep at shelters and rescue missions. But many are left to navigate the industrial sprawl and smoke alone.
  • Watch the video:


1 in 3 U.S. families struggle to afford diapers: report
worker | September 25, 2017 | 8:35 pm | Economy, Poverty in the USA | Comments closed

Updated on September 25, 2017 at 2:57 PM

A survey by Huggies in partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network finds one in three families in the United States struggles to afford diapers for their children, CBS News reports.

The report says the average cost of diapers for one child is $18 a week, or $936 a year. The cost is pushing some families to experience what the survey calls “diaper need” – the struggle to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy on a consistent basis.

Experts say keeping children in dirty diapers longer not only increases health risks, including urinary tract infections and diaper rash, but can also lead to emotional stress and depressive symptoms in parents stressed about not being able to provide for their children, the report says.

The report says the survey questioned parents in 1,000 U.S. households with young children, more than two-thirds of whom are married and employed.

Read the full CBS News report.