Like the excellent Evicted by Matthew Desmond,$ 2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin is an excellent overview of extreme poverty in America written by an academic ociologist.
A long-time poverty researcher, Edin performed her PhD thesis documenting the lives of the poor in the 1990 ’ s.
To close that gap, poor people worked in the underground economy, received food stamps, visited food banks and sought housing vouchers.
Problem was, some poor people found it mpossible to get hired.
pro-business/ anti-worker policies allowed low-rent employers, like retail stores and fast food restaurants, to give the poor “ flex scheduling, ” often calling them day-of to show up to work.
However, in the post-welfare reform era, no work= no Earned Income Tax Credit= no money for the homeless.
These hard-working people turn meager, almost non-existent means into food and shelter for their families.
For nstance, Walmart fires one of Edin ’ s interviewees despite her being named cashier of the months several times over the prior year and picking up numerous shifts because her car runs out of gas, making getting to work impossible.