Stories from Hardscrabble America

The real sagas of America's poor - in their own words. Read and hear their compelling stories. Submit your own now.

Girshriela Green - poverty story photo Girshriela's Story

Girshriela Green found employment at a Wal-Mart in South Central Los Angeles in...

Robert Burke - poverty story photo Burke's Story

Robert Burke has done a bit of everything in his time, he says: timber, farming,...

State By State Stats & Data

Learn about federal and state anti-poverty legislation. See what is happening in your state.

Story photo Poverty In America: State-By-State

How impoverished is your state? Where does it rank nationally? Explore poverty in America using our interactive maps.