The High Price of Poverty
"Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor," wrote novelist and essayist James Baldwin.
Decades later, that's still true: From paying more money every month in rent than you would for a mortgage to paying check-cashing fees because you don't have a bank account, it's still expensive to be poor.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is examining the high cost of poverty in a series of stories this year.
On the bus: Riders who can afford to buy a ConnectCard save money on each bus ride. Riders who cannot afford the ConnectCard pay a higher individual fare in cash.