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Material hardship—in the form of trouble meeting basic household expenses and keeping up with utility bills—has generally increased among the deeply poor

Material hardship—in the form of trouble meeting basic household expenses and keeping up with utility bills—has generally increased among the deeply poor, says a National Poverty Center working paper.  Material hardship remained roughly the same for those at 50-99 percent of poverty and decreased among the near poor (100-150 percent of poverty). The result: intensified stratification of low-income households with kids. 06/11/2012