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Aid To Needy Often Excludes The Poorest In America - NYTimes.com

CAMDEN, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  A homeless man panhandles on the street on October 11, 2012 in Camden, New Jersey. According to the
CAMDEN, NJ - OCTOBER 11: A homeless man panhandles on the street on October 11, 2012 in Camden, New Jersey. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Camden, New Jersey is now the most impoverished city in the United States with nearly 32,000 of Camden's residents living below the poverty line. Camden, which sits just over the bridge from more affluent Philadelphia, also has a chronic crime problem with 48 recorded homicides this year alone. A lack of jobs has been a feature of life in Camden since the city lost most of its manufacturing base in the late 60's and 1970's. While the state unemployment rate is about 9.9 percent, Camden's is estimated at 19 percent. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The safety net helped keep Camille Saunders from falling, but not Charles Constance.

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