be when they are in their early twenties and trying to start a career. For others, this can result from a tragedy in the household, such as the sudden death of a spouse or loss of a job or business. For still others, poverty is a lifelong issue. Individuals who live in poverty are exposed to a variety of other issues beyond not being able to afford necessities. These individuals face increased health risks and environ- mental risks. They also face lack of access to healthcare and as a result are more likely to become ill or experience disability. One study followed children living in poverty in the late 1960s and early 1970s into adulthood. Adults who had been poor in childhood completed two years less of school compared to other adults. They also tended to make less than half the salary of those who grew up wealthier. They

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Poverty and Welfare in the United States

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