Poor on Paper -- Growing Up Poor in the Bay Area

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Editor's Note: Gordon, 17, is a high school student living in San Francisco's Tenderloin District with his family. They have received food stamps and have taken advantage of Section 8 rental assistance and reduced lunch programs, but Gordon doesn't feel poor. Two of his older siblings are in college and Gordon is struggling with the idea of following them. 

Justin Lai, 17, is an intern at New America Media. This audio piece was produced for Growing Up Poor in the Bay Area, a community forum held by New America Media, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and Kidsdata.org.