Oscar-Nominated Movie Tackles Poverty, Homelessness

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Introduction:

Will Smith's Oscar-nominated movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness," tells the true story of a single father struggling to stay above the poverty line who ends up homeless.  With the announcement of its Oscar nomination, the film draws additional attention to the national issues of poverty and homelessness.

Experts and Credentials:

Dr. Roberta Iversen

Associate Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

* Researched poverty in the U.S., finding nearly 25% of American workers with two full-time working parents in the household do not earn enough to support their families

* Author of "Jobs Aren't Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families"

* Authority on wage disparities, insufficient wages, the minimum wage and low-income families

Dr. Dennis Culhane

Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

* Nationally recognized expert in homelessness and housing policy

* Research has been instrumental in a national shift in how society addresses homelessness

* Has worked with the City of New York to better understand its homeless issues and how the lack of affordable housing can lead to homelessness