Subject: Business and Economics
These are the faces of poverty in North Carolina: scores of
homeless men, women, and children take refuge in makeshift camps,
barely hidden in the woods near some of our most affluent
neighborhoods. Hundreds wait in lines hours long to receive basic
health care at underfunded free clinics. In large cities and small
towns, children--especially children of color--rely on meals at
their schools to keep hunger at bay, while parents struggle in jobs
that fail to pay living wages. While many in the Tar Heel State
enjoy unparalleled prosperity, those born into poverty have lower
odds than ever of climbing the ladder of economic upward mobility.
Today, more than 1.5 million North Carolinians live in poverty.
More than one in five are children. Behind these sobering
statistics are the faces of our fellow citizens. This book tells