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President Bill Clinton's welfare reform got a lot of people off the rolls and into the workforce, but poverty is still with us. -Third World- conditions like those revealed by Hurricane Katrina are rampant in two southern states. Evacuees are being cared for in Southern California, and some may take up permanent residence, but in Los Angeles County, almost 2 million people already are living below the poverty line. As Governor Schwarzenegger prepares to veto an increase in the minimum wage, we hear about the working poor, including those who are homeless--even though they have jobs.

Guests:

THERESA SIMPSON
Case Manager at Alexandria House, a neighborhood center in the mid-Wilshire district that houses women and their children

ABEL VALENZUELA
Associate Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and Director of the school�s Center for the Study of Urban Poverty; speaking from Cuernavaca, Mexico

BOB ERLENBUSCH
Executive Director of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness


Links:

California Minimum Wage (AB 48)

Living Wage campaign

National Housing Trust Fund

Los Angeles Housing Trust Fund

Section 8

Producers:
Frances Anderton

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