David Hilfiker —
Seeing Poverty After Katrina

Hurricane Katrina brought urban poverty in America into all of our living rooms. In this program, David Hilfiker tells the story of how poverty and racial isolation came to be in cities across America. He lives creatively and realistically with questions many of us began to ask in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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David Hilfiker

is a physician and cofounder of Joseph's House. He's the author of Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor's Journey with the Poor and Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen.

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» "Hilfiker's Transition to D.C." (RealAduio, 8:00)
Listen to David Hilfiker describe why he and his wife Marja decided to change their lives, how Christ House works, and what he had to face in himself there, including the impulse our society cultivates to "improve" the poor.

» "A Turning Point" (RealAudio, 3:56)
In this segment, Dr. Hilfiker tells one story from his medical practice in Washington, a turning point in his desire to unearth the history that led to urban poverty that perpetuates itself across generations.

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Personal Stories from Biloxi

Listen to audio clips and view photos of a moving church service held in a parking lot in Biloxi, Mississippi a week after hurricane Katrina struck. Also includes one woman's account during the onslaught of the storm. Audio captured by American RadioWorks' Stephen Smith.

A History of Poverty in America

Read Hilfiker's summary of the causes and cures of poverty among African Americans in the inner city as laid out in his booklet, Poverty in Urban America.

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A homeless man tries to stay warm sitting on top of a steam grate on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.

Photo by Mark Wilson/Newsmakers

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This program is supported by a grant from the Kendeda Sustainability Fund of
Tides Foundation.

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Have you ever wondered why it seems that those with the least are the ones who tend to help those that need it the most? In other words the rich tend to hold tight to what they have but the common man say you make 25-35 a year we tend to be out there giving. Why is that