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Living in Poverty

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

As Thanksgiving approaches, we’ll take a look at what it’s like to live in poverty in Northeast Ohio. What are the day-to-day decisions people without money make to simply survive? We’ll speak with Kathy Edin, an author who spent parts of three years living with the poorest of Cleveland residents and with Linda Tirado an author who has experienced poverty first-hand. We’ll also discuss possible solutions to living in poverty with spokespersons from Policy Matters Ohio and the Buckeye Institute.

Kathryn Edin, Sociologist, Johns Hopkins University, Author, "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America"

Alejandro Koonce, Resident, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries Homeless Shelter 

Linda Tirado, Author, "Hand to Mouth"

Crystal Corrigan, Cleveland Resident

Amy Hanauer, Founding Executive Director, Policy Matters Ohio

Greg Lawson, Statehouse Liaison, Policy Analyst at the Buckeye Institute


Mother of 10 Sharise Mayfield Smith tells her story here:  Hard Choices And Tight Budgets: Food Insecurity In Northeast Ohio