From urban public housing projects to impoverished Native American reservations, middle class suburban neighborhoods to Wall Street, economic dependency has become a serious pandemic.

Just what is economic dependency? It is the inability to become financially self-reliant, because government programs aren't just a temporary help – they're a permanent crutch. Today, economic dependency has become a way of life for millions of Americans.

Approximately 20 percent of the population relies on the government for daily housing, food, and health care, and one in six Americans is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program [USA Today]. Most troubling of all, one out of every five children in the U.S. is now living in poverty [US Census].

But Calvin Helin, attorney, entrepreneur and recognized authority on poverty, not only wants to expose this reality – he wants to reverse it.


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Breaking Free to Self-Reliance

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Original Art by Bill Helin.