Lack of enough opportunity, social inequality, and exploitation are the main factors in capitalist America that cause poverty, but an often overlooked contributor are the “ghetto taxes” and abusive social policies that go hand in glove with lack of incomes that keeps people poor. Ghetto taxes are the extra fees, rates, and miscellaneous surcharges that […]
About Jacqueline Homan
Jacqueline S. Homan was born and raised in Philadelphia. She comes from extreme poverty in the urban underclass. She had been orphaned and on the streets at age 13. She moved to Erie in 2002 in search of affordable housing and a job after 9/11.
After a disabling car accident caused by an uninsured driver took her out of the workforce at age 24 in 1991, she went to college and earned her Bachelors’ degree in mathematics with a minor in physics from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania as a non-traditional aged student at the age of 34 in 2001 — the first in her family to graduate from high school and college.
She struggled for most of her life in poverty due to gender and social class discrimination in the job market and every other social institution; often malnourished, living without access to medical or dental care and struggling with utility shut-offs. Jacqueline S. Homan is a genuine “poverty expert.”
She is an author and advocate for poor people’s economic human rights and educates the educated about the realities of poverty and the barriers of classism that serve to keep the poor in crushing poverty in America. She has written and self-published four non-fiction books, including Classism For Dimwits. She is a member of the Michigan-based group, CAUS, which seeks to reverse utility deregulation and end utility shut-offs. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania with her disabled husband, Donnie E. Homan, Sr.