Report: Poverty on the Rise in the U.S.

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A report from Catholic Charities USA says last quarter brought a dramatic increase in the need for emergency help.

The report says it saw a whopping 83 percent increase in the working poor seeking aid.

There was a 70 percent rise in families seeking assistance.

Fifty-Seven percent more homeless people asked for help. And 51 percent more middle class Americans were seeking assistance.

Rev. Larry Snyder, President and CEO of CCUSA said the needs being addressed by his agency are the most pressing since the Great Depression.

"We support the need for further measures to help the economy with the caveat that these measures address the challenges faced by the neediest among us," Snyder said. "We need the Administration and Congress committed to ensuring that those living on the margins are not left behind as our nation recovers from this brutal recession.

"While the President's potential increase of funds available for early childhood education is a positive sign of this Administration's dedication to the nation's children, we would stress the needs many families have for increased help with access to food, shelter and other essential services," he said.

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