Reducing Poverty

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During the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt put forth a Social Security program, using money from employer/employee contributions. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Welfare Reform Act, requiring welfare recipients to move into the work force. The Perry School for Community Services, a Washington, D.C., poverty-reduction program, offers after-school programs for kids and vocational programs for adults. These stories deal with income disparities and how public policy and private funding is utilized to reduce poverty.

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