Living the Line

Archive for the ‘The New Poor’ Category

Hispanic Immigrants Backed into Poverty

When Maria Bravo left her poor neighborhood in Ecuador for New York City with her two young daughters in 2009, she never imagined she would be leaving one impoverished life for another. Like many immigrants before her, for years Bravo dreamed of coming to the United States to raise her family. She had heard thousands […]

Stretching The Pool Of The Poor

With an income of about $30,000 a year, Beth Ellor, a mother in the East Village, lives at 250 percent above the poverty line. By all official measures, she is not poor. Still, she scrambles for every hour of substitute teaching that she can get just to break even at the end of the month. […]