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From Habitat for Humanity International:

Seven things you should know about poverty and housing

1: There are different definitions of poverty.
There is no international consensus on measuring poverty. Generally, absolute poverty thresholds are determined by measuring survival needs like food and shelter for different-sized households. The UN’s definition of poverty addresses basic needs but recognizes that poverty is multidimensional, with housing poverty as a separate category that can affect — and be affected by — other aspects of a family’s life.

2: People living in poor circumstances are not necessarily who (or where) you think.
A family can fall into poverty for many reasons — death in the family, crop failures, sudden unemployment. In the United States, one of every five children struggle with a lack of adequate resources. Worldwide, a child under the a