Poverty isn’t a foreign phenomenon—it exists right here among our neighbors in every corner of the United States. More than 46 million Americans—including 16 million children—live in poverty. That’s about 15% of the population, or one in seven people. For children, that number is one in four. These rates are significantly higher in minority communities. And, within the United States, 3.5 million people experience homelessness in any given year. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should serve his neighbor generously …” (Sahih Al-Bukhari). IRUSA abides by this directive.