This month’s photo captures the faces of a homeless couple living in Philadelphia, the poorest big city in the United States.
Philadelphia has become the nation’s poorest big city, claiming the highest number of people living in deep poverty (incomes below half of the poverty line). Though some cities, such as Camden, NJ have a much higher rate of deep poverty, their populations are just a fraction of Philadelphia’s, the fifth largest city in the country.
In a Philly Inquirer article, Alfred Lubrano presents the realities facing families living in deep poverty that include food, housing, medical and child-care insecurity. Children living in deep poverty are more likely to develop emotional and cognitive delays that in turn will hinder their access to adequate job and educational opportunities when they grow up. Thus, a cycle of multi-generational poverty is further maintained.
Below is one photo that captures the faces of despair and uncertainty of a homeless couple on the streets of downtown Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 22: A homeless couple sit in the street in downtown Philadelphia on October 22, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the nation's largest and most historic metropolitan areas, Philadelphia has become the poorest big city in America. It also has the highest rate of deep poverty in America - those with incomes below half of the poverty line - of any of the nation's 10 largest cities. While much of downtown Philadelphia is vibrant with exceptional, restaurants, museums and nightlife, many areas immediately outside the center are mired in multi-generational deep poverty. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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