Eliminating poverty in the Portland area

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How can poverty be eliminated? Poverty can be defined quantitatively, as a certain income level. Then, behaviorally or observationally, poverty can manifest in multiple ways. It can manifest as homelessness (Portland is #1!), carlessness (potentially, although this can also be a choice in a city that values low-car life), hunger and food insecurity, and/or a lack of health care.

Unemployment is a major cause of poverty. Portland has traditionally had a higher unemployment rate than other metropolitan areas. As of April 2013, Greater Portland has the same unemployment rate as the national average, 7.1%.[1]

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