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Las Vegas, NV ranks no. 4 in the United States in homeless population rate in 2012.  GWOP Magazine takes an exclusive inside look at the homeless underworld of Sin City and the effects of poverty on our nation. There are approximately 3.5 million homeless people in America and 18.5 million vacant foreclosed homes in the country at the same time.

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Dr Cornel West, the US talk show host and former Princeton University professor, has said that both candidates in the US presidential election have paid little attention to the growing economic divide in the country.

 

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A record 46.7 million Americans — or roughly one in five adults — used food stamps in June, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Food stamp use has spiked 51 percent since October 2008, when the economy was in free fall. The number of Americans now using food stamps is roughly the same as the number of Americans living in poverty. Read More

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According to CNN Money, the median household wealth of blacks was a mere $5,677 in 2009, just 5 percent of the $113,149 median wealth of whites, according to the Pew Research Center.

Pew Research Center found that in 2010, black families made up 38.8 percent of the shelter populations, but only 12.3 percent of the population overall.

That means 1 in every 141 black families stayed in a homeless shelter in 2010.

White families, on the other hand, occupied 28.6 percent of shelter beds, while they account for 63.7 percent of all American families in 2010. Only 1 in 990 white families stayed in a shelter that year.

Black families are also more likely to be in poverty than their white counterparts. In 2010, nearly one-quarter of black families were poor, compared to 7.1 percent of white families.

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