Cause and Effect of poverty in Tampa FL (1) Tampa is Floridas third largest city with population of 334.550. From year 2000 to year 2005, Tampas population has increased by 10%, because of this city is becoming increasingly attractive to the people who rely on social services, as the mean of obtaining income. Tampas subtropical climate and the fact that state of Florida provides various social benefits to the people with income lower than average, is the reason why Tampas population continues to grow rapidly. It its turn, this has an immediate socio-political implications, such as the fact that the number of Tampas residents who cannot get out povertys grips, also continues to increase. According to the report Tampa Profile, prepared by Department of Strategic Planning and Technology in 2006: Citywide, the percent of persons in poverty between 1990 and 2000 was unchanged, at approximately 18%. In 2000, East Tampas overall poverty rate was 33% and 49% of children lived in poverty.
High poverty rates in excess of 60% existed in the vicinity of Central Park Village and areas of East Tampa (DSPT).
This report shows the Tampas residents association with poverty is directly linked to their racial affiliation, because in Central Park Village and East Tampa are the areas where representation of racial minorities is much more significant then in other Tampas areas. It appears that the majority of people below the poverty line lack education, which is the reason why they have a hard time trying to find a job. The report Tampa Profile provides us with an insight on what can be thought of as the single factor that increases likelihood of people being associated with poverty: Of unemployed individuals in 2000, Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders showed a 40% unemployment rate. In addition, Black or African-American alone had 14% and 12% unemployment rate respectively. Hispanic or Latino unemployment was lower, at 9%. White alone and Asian alone unemployment rates were the lowest, with 7% and 6% respectively (DSPT).
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Thus, we can suggest that the increase in the number of people that are below poverty line is the direct consequence of Tampas residents becoming increasingly multicultural. The validity of this statement can be easily substantiated, because the same social tendencies can be observed in other American cities, where celebration of diversity is considered as duty of every individual.
In her article Poverty Evens the Playing Field, Letitia Stein describes the situation in Tampa’s Kenly Elementary, where the majority of children are simply incapable of learning anything, as such that can serve as an example of what constitutes the true reasons why more and more Tampas residents find themselves in the state of poverty, when they grow up: White, Black and Hispanic. Poverty is an equal opportunity hardship at Kenly Elementary School. Regardless of race, fewer than half of Kenly students can read on grade level. The same is true for math (Stein).
Author is not being entirely honest with the readers, because it is a minority students that constitute an overwhelming majority in Kenly Elementary. Representatives of racial minorities have lower capability of understanding the essence of abstract concepts that are being taught in school. As result, they are often unable to graduate.
In its turn, this automatically prevents them from being able to find a job, which could give them a chance to earn more than $8 an hour. The fact that many Tampas residents are barely able to meet ends is often described as such that has purely social explanation. For example, it is being suggested that Tampas public transportation needs to be improved, since taking a bus is only the way to get to work for many people who do not own a car. However, this can hardly be thought of as the effective measure of reducing the number of people affected by poverty in Tampa, because for the majority of people that are dependent on social services, it makes much more sense receiving a welfare check once a month, without having to do anything, than getting a low pay job, which would only enable them to earn a little bit more money, on monthly basis. As practice shows, many representatives of racial minorities had found an effective way to exploit system, in order to obtain financial benefits, while still being considered as living below poverty line. For example, Hispanics rarely have less than 3 children in the family, which automatically qualifies them for the financial assistance from Federal government.
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The fact that these children spend most time on the streets selling drugs is not being taken into consideration. In his article Racial Ebb and Flow Tosses Tampa’s, Bill Coats is making a very good point when he says: A neighborhood gains Blacks and Hispanics. It also becomes poorer. With poverty, comes a spiral of crime, home sales, then renovation As everywhere, increased crime accompanied increased poverty. Drug dealers operate openly, particularly west of 15th Street, despite repeated arrests (Coats).
It is wrong to suggest that the notion of poverty has universal properties.
For example, the majority of Tampas residents of Mexican descend, who live in the state of poverty, are being actually quite happy with their present living conditions, because they associate their native country with much lower quality of life. The fact that they were able to make it to U.S. and to get legalized, alone increases their social status in their own eyes. (2) There can be no doubt that the gap between rich and poor in Tampa is getting wider, as time goes by. However, it is not only the American city where it is happening. Thus, we cannot talk about the causes and effects of poverty in Tampa as something that is defined by the local specifics exclusively.
In fact, very often, the government makes it very hard for people with low pay jobs to improve their financial situation. For example, according to Tampas census statistics, 20% of Hispanic males, under the age of 25, are required to pay alimonies, which range from $100 to $340, on weekly basis. Given the fact that only 15% of them posses college education, many Hispanic men end up working as movers, warehouse loaders and grass cutters. It is simply impossible to make more then $300 a week, while having this kind of job, which is the reason why these man often starve, despite the fact that they are being fully employed. The analytical report Homelessness in Tampa Bay Area, prepared by Cynthia Pinckney Ministries in 2001, states: That a person in the Tampa Bay area has to earn $15.48 per hour to be able to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment and utilities at the average market rate of $805 per month? That is two and a half times the new state minimum wage (Cynthia Pinckney Ministries).
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The situation has only deteriorated, since this report was being written.
Many companies that offer the prospects of employment to people without education in Tampa, such as Wal-Mart or McDonalds, do not allow unionization of its workers. This is the reason why it is very unlikely that the people who work for these companies are ever going to be paid more than a minimum. It its turn, it deprives them of an opportunity to start making more money, despite the fact that they deserve it more than anybody else. Therefore, we can refer to the reasons why many Tampas residents are affected by poverty as such that are more complex than it is generally assumed. In order to improve the living standards of people below the poverty line, the government officials need to understand that they would have to adopt a comprehensive approach, when it comes to that. At the same time, it is quite impossible to solve the problem of poverty in Tampa on the local level, because it comes as the logic result of socio-political processes that take place in this country, as we speak.
It appears that the most effective way of combating poverty in Tampa would be imposing a certain educational requirements, for the people who are willing to move into the city. Although it might not sound politically correct, but it is the fact that many Tampas residents are nothing but the social burden for the city. They would benefit Tampa if they decided to relocate. Therefore, along with providing educational opportunities for the residents, citys authorities must also strive to motivate people, who are fully dependent on Tampas social system, to leave to other cities, because it is highly unlikely that they will ever be able to become self-efficient. Ending poverty does not always mean making poor people rich. It is more cost-effective to simply get rid of poor people by providing them with incentives to try their luck elsewhere.
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Coats, Bill Racial Ebb and Flow Tosses Tampa’s. 13 May. 2001. St. Petersburg Times Online. 16 Nov. 2007. http://www.sptimes.com/News/051301/Census/Racial_e bb_and_flow_t.shtml Homelessness in Tampa Bay Area.
2001. Cynthia Pinckney Ministries. 16 Nov. 2007. http://www.cynthiapinckneyministries.org/HOMELESSN ESS%20IN%20THE%20TAMPA%20BAY%20AREA.pdf Stein, Letitia Poverty Evens the Playing Field. 17 May. 2004. St. Petersburg Times Online.
16 Nov. 2007. http://www.sptimes.com/2004/05/17/Tampabay/Poverty _evens_the_pla.shtml Tampa Profile. 2006. Department of Strategic Planning and Technology. 16 Nov. 2007. http://www.tampagov.net/dept_community_planning/fi les/pdf_files/tampa_profile_pdf/profile_entire_fin al_part1.pdf. Outline: Racial aspects Social aspects.