Tonya Mohammed, a young single mom in a women’s shelter, works full-time as a health home attendant. She says she loves her job but only makes $200 a week. Her husband left her after he got his green card and doesn’t want to pay child support. She doesnt receive help from her family either. “I’m very strong, I don’t let nothing get me down and if I do fall down I get right back up and movin’. So, I have to. I have a 2 year old, she needs me,” says Mohammed. She has gone through a lot; she was raped at an early age, became a heavy drug user and had a short stint as a prostitute. This is the fifth domestic violence shelter where she has stayed however she says she has finally turned her life around. Her dream now is to become financially stable. She wants to complete her GED so she can go to medical school and become a doctor.

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"Included in this group [the underrclass] are individuals who lack training and skills and either experience long-term unemployment or are not members of the labor force, individuals who are engaged in street crime and other forms of aberrant behavior, and families that experience long-term spells of poverty and/or welfare dependency."

- The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy, by William Julius Wilson