On the Edge

Rising economic inequality is in the air. People from all walks of life are losing their grip on the American middle class life. They’re on the edge.

Profiles

At 58, a Layoff Looks Different

A woman who once earned six figures deals with the scary employment economy.

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Two Jobs, Many Responsibilities

A young man supports himself, his parents, and his family back in Africa.

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To Work or Not to Work

A part-time job can lead to a loss of public assistance—and staying on the edge in the process.

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Working, But Homeless

One out of six single adults in the city’s shelters has a job.

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Sidelined by Health Woes

Rachel Martin has to cope with shoulder surgery and arthritis as she tries to start a second career at the age of 62.

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Trapped in a Nursing Home—at 26

A paralyzed young man longs for his own place.

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When Help Is Not Enough

Public assistance and charity helps, but sometimes it isn’t enough.

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Raising the Grandchildren

She loves them, but “where is the money coming from?”

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Knocked Out by Sandy

A 61-year-old grandmother fights to rebuild a family nest after Sandy flooded her Far Rockaway home.

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Video: Struggling For A Chance To Help Others In Need

A mother strives to provide for her family and fulfill her dream of helping others out of poverty.

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Paying It Back

A young man works to get another chance to go to college.

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A Waiter Struggles to Hold on to His Acting Dreams

He knew the road would never be easy, but he never anticipated it would be as rocky as it has been.

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A Not-Quite-Starving Artist

Dancing from project to project, and from job to job.

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Not-So-High Fliers

Pilots make big bucks, right? Wrong. Many regional airline pilots survive on little more than the minimum wage.

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The Other Ivy League Life

How one student navigates the prohibitive cost of a privileged education—on her own.

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Struggling Among the Elite

A student on financial assistance can barely keep up with expenses.

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Here’s a Diploma…Here’s the Bill

Graduates, like this journalism student, face piles of debt as they jump into a job market.

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Climbing Off the Edge

A disabled veteran figures out a way to move forward with his own business: a food cart.

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Issues & Solutions

Why So Many Seniors Take a Pass on Food Stamps

Even when they need help, the stigma can seem like too much.

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Sweet Redemption

Greyston Bakery provides a second chance for the most disenfranchised members of our community with brownies.

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Fighting Back Against Wage Theft

Workers say raising the minimum wage is meaningless if it cannot be enforced.

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Economic Inequality: Issue by Issue

A roundup of local and national economic debates on how to support the American middle class.

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Making Ends Meet

Tips, services, and resources for budgeting a limited income.

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