One in seven Americans lives below the poverty line…

Could it happen to you? Meet the average Americans forced into poverty by accidents, ill-health or tragic misfortune in searing photo essay exploring the crisis of the country’s hidden poor

While one in every seven Americans lives below the US poverty line, their stories remain largely untold. For Danish photographer Joakim Eskildsen, what he witnessed traveling around New York, California, Louisiana, South Dakota and Georgia for seven months was a far cry from the ‘mythical’ images he associated with the US as an outsider. But he found the American Dream was persistent within the country as well, working as a dangerous set of ideals that did not account for the realities of more than 45million people. Eskildsen described his experience as ‘heartbreaking’ and said: ‘The influence of the mass media is massive. Many people experience themselves as losers since they cannot live up to the ideals that are presented to them on TV.’

Aleena Arnesen and her cousin Elizabeth live on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Aleena’s father is a commercial fisherman, but the catch is half of what it used to be since the BP oil spill in 2010. Aleena’s mother Kindra, who worked to clean up the spill, said: ‘The federal government says it is fine yet my husband is catching fish with black goo on them’

Felicia Ogbodo (left) lost her job as a social worker and said: ‘It’s shocking and embarrassing, because I never thought that with a master’s degree, I would be unemployed.’ Her daughter Ermaline (right) was accepted to college on a scholarship

Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes

Don’t look down on those that are living in tents, because the truth is that many “middle class Americans” will ultimately end up joining them.

oCamp Hope, Las Cruces, New Mexico [1]
Camp Quixote, Olympia, Washington State [2]
Camp Take Notice, Ann Arbor, Michigan[3]
Dignity Village, Portland, Oregon
Opportunity Village, Eugene, Oregon
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Tent City, Phoenix, Arizona
New Jack City and Little Tijuana, Fresno, California[2]
Nickelsville, located in Seattle[2][4]
Right 2 Dream Too, Portland, Oregon[5]
River Haven,[6] Ventura County, California[7][8]
Safe Ground, Sacramento, California[2]
The Jungle, San Jose, California[2]
Temporary Homeless Service Area (THSA), Ontario, California[2]
Tent City (100+ residents) of Lakewood, New Jersey[9][10]
Tent City, Avenue A and 13th Street, Lubbock, Texas[11]
Tent City, New Jersey forest[12]
Tent City, Bernalillo County, New Mexico[13]
Tent City, banks of the American River, Sacramento, California[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]
Tent City 3, Seattle
Tent City, Chicago, Illinois [1]
Tent City 4, eastern King County outside of Seattle
The Point, where the Gunnison River and Colorado River meet[23]
The Village of Hope and Community of Hope, Fresno, California[2]
Transition Park, Camden, New Jersey
Tent City, Fayette County, Tennessee, [2]
Camp Unity Eastside, Woodinville, WA [3]
China Hat Road, Bend, Oregon

One in seven Americans lives below the poverty line…

About Jerry Frey

Born 1953. Vietnam Veteran. Graduated Ohio State 1980. Have 5 published books. In the Woods Before Dawn; Grandpa's Gone; Longstreet's Assault; Pioneer of Salvation; Three Quarter Cadillac
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