More from South L.A. 20 years later

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Staying put in South L.A.

Apr 27, 2012
Some middle-class blacks have left the area, but Bernadette Moore still lives and works there.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, South L.A.

Growing pains in South Los Angeles

Apr 27, 2012
South L.A. resident Everett Courtney reflects on his city's rebirth.
Posted In: riots, los angeles, financial literacy

Economic mobility in South L.A., two decades later

Apr 26, 2012
Twenty years after the L.A. riots, many residents who move up the economic ladder move out of South L.A.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, los angeles, Latino community, African American

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Food stamps turns 50 this year.  Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently.  The program has been growing furiously in the last 15 years -- one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000.  Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.  And that suggests a deeper new reality. Even once the recession is fully behind us, could increased use of food stamps driven by low-wage jobs be a permanent fixture of the American economy? 

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