New York Times-Middle Aged Suicides and Poverty

Number in Poverty and Poverty Rate: 1959 to 20...
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This article will examine information of the problem of becoming suddenly in need and how it affects the middle class in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, America and the rest of the world. I will show how it has been studied by the U.S. Census Bureau and make references to various dissertations, position papers, speeches and local agencies’ information on the subject.

On February 19, 2009 The New York Times Published an article by Patricia Cohen entitled “Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers.” Cohen quotes from “a new five-year analysis of the nation’s death rates recently published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The study shows that the suicide rate among 45-54-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2004, the latest year studied. For women in this age bracket the rate rose 31 percent and for men the rate was 15.6 percent.

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Poverty of information on Poverty Spells

This article will examine information of the problem of becoming suddenly in need and how it affects the middle class in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas,American and the rest of the world. I will show how it has been studied by the U.S. Census Bureau and make references to various dissertations, position papers, speeches and local agencies’ information on the subject.

I began seeking articles about poverty spells, particularly the first spell.  I expected to find a wealth of information, but instead found precious little on the first poverty spell.

While very out of date one of the first articles on poverty spells was an NBER Working Paper Series;  “Slipping into and Out of Poverty: The Dynamics of Spells”; by Mary Jo Bane and David T. Ellwood; Working Paper #1199; National Bureau of Economic Research ; 1050 Massachusetts Avenue; Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; September, 1983; hereafter referred to as Bane and Ellwood.

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Study of Poverty-History and Definitions

House of a poor familyThis article will begin to examine information on the problem of becoming suddenly in need and how it affects the middle class in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas and the rest of the world. We will start at the beginning with a history of the U.S. Census so that you will understand how the information is harvested. Then we will glance at definitions so that we are all speaking the same language.

In a 2006 press release from RealtyTrac “Dallas-Fort Worth Foreclosures Increase Second Straight Month According To RealtyTrac ™ May U.S. Foreclosure Market Report”; Irvine,Calif.-June 26, 2006 RealtyTrac states that “Tarrant County’s foreclosure rate of one new foreclosure filing for every 259 households was also more than four times the national average.  The county reported 2,186 properties entering some stage of foreclosure, an increase of nearly 14 percent from the previous month.”

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The Charity Website is Hacked

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I run a very small charity that you have read about from my blog.  It’s the first project of the Family, Mother, Child Charity, called New2Need. I help people in Tarrant County who find themselves in some kind of trouble.

I wrote blogs in here about some of the people I have helped. I wrote about the charity. I wrote a little about the financial difficulties people are facing everywhere. I wanted people in need to find me so I can give them some help, although there is less of that than there used to be, before the Great Recession.

I also would have liked donations for my little charity. Even though I mainly just give people advice, I also have done more. I won’t go into that because I don’t have the means to do more very often and it makes me sad that I can’t do more.

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New2Need assisting people in Tarrant County

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New2Need.org, a small charity in Tarrant County, has helped people in that area during their times of need. Here are some of these people’s stories.

A woman, 50 years old, had a car accident which totaled her car. She was in the hospital for a month including rehabilitation.  She is divorced and living in a mobile home.  She needed transportation to the hospital and a ramp to get down from the mobile home in her wheel chair.  She also needed help with her utilities.  We suggested two agencies that build ramps, people who could take her to the hospital and one place for help with her utilities.  We spoke to her four months later. She has a new car and is able to get around without her wheel chair, walker or cane.

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