- Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 21, 2015: (Op-Ed) Universal school readiness requires universal access
"With a $2 billion budget surplus and a ranking in pre-K access that continually lags other states, Minnesota could find no better time to make the necessary investments to reach its stated goal that all children are school-ready at kindergarten entry."
- The Hill, May 21, 2015: (Op-Ed) Let’s fix education funding for low income children
"Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and declared 'it to be the policy of the United States to provide financial assistance to school districts serving areas with concentrations of children from low-income families.' Seems straightforward, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, over the last few decades, Congress has allocated more money to wealthier states to the detriment of low-income children living in other states. As a consequence, students in 32 states and the District of Columbia are cheated out of federal funds every year."
- CFO, May 21, 2015: Income Inequality Hits ‘Tipping Point,’ OECD Says
"The gap between rich and poor in most developing countries has reached its highest level in 30 years, with economic growth disproportionately benefiting higher-income groups while leaving lower-income groups behind, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says in a new report."
- The News-Press, May 21, 2015: Feds say Florida could get $1 billion from Low-Income Pool
"A top federal official says the state of Florida can likely expect $1 billion in the budget year that begins July 1 for a key health-care program known as the Low Income Pool, according to a letter dated Thursday. That would amount to about half of the amount the state currently receives."
- The Boston Globe, May 19, 2015: Senate votes to increase state’s earned income tax credit
"State senators voted Tuesday afternoon to expand a tax credit that benefits hundreds of thousands of low-income workers and quickly found themselves in a standoff with Governor Charlie Baker over how to pay for it. The Senate legislation, which would increase the state’s earned income tax credit by half, would pay for the move by freezing in place the state’s income tax, which is otherwise expected to decline from 5.15 percent to 5.1 percent in January."
- Connecticut Post, May 19, 2015: Low-income children don't fare well in Fairfield County
"According to a new report, growing up in Fairfield County has a negative effect on low-income children. 'The Equality of Opportunity Project' sheds light on how where a child grows up affects their financial success later in life by comparing counties in the United States–and in Connecticut, Tolland County is a child's best bet while Fairfield County is one of the worst places to grow up poor."
- NPR Boston, May 19, 2015: Report: At Mass. Minimum Wage, 110 Work Hours Needed To Afford 2-Bedroom Apartment
"A minimum wage earner in Massachusetts making $9 an hour would have to work 110 hours a week to reasonably afford an average two-bedroom apartment in the state, according to an annual report. The 2015 report, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, bases its calculations on how much a household would need to earn to keep costs associated with renting at or below 30 percent of income."
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 19, 2015: Cuts in higher ed funding push low-income students deeper in debt
"Amid state cuts in higher education funding and modest increases in federal grant aid eclipsed by rising tuition, African-American, Latino and low-income students like Stone must borrow to get a degree, according to a new report from liberal think tank Demos."
- U.S. News & World Report, May 18, 2015: Public Colleges on the Hunt for Wealthy Students
"Public colleges are becoming increasingly less accessible to low-income and in-state students, instead attempting to lure those in less need with merit aid, according to a new report. While part of the trend stems from schools needing to draw in more revenue in the face of state budget cuts, they're also engaging in a self-perpetuating arms race to recruit high-achieving, wealthier students from out of state by offering them grants and scholarships based on academics rather than financial need, according to an analysis from the New America Foundation."
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 18, 2015: (Op-Ed) Low-income, high-ability students need more support
"While the Nevada Legislature has been grabbing headlines in recent weeks with a series of education reform bills, you might have missed the 'report card' released by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation revealing how Nevada schools are woefully neglecting gifted students from low-income backgrounds. It analyzed state-level policies and actual student performance to evaluate how well each state cultivates the skills of the most academically talented but economically vulnerable students. While no state received an 'A,' Nevada didn’t even measure up by any measure, earning just a 'C' for its policies and an abysmal 'D+' for its student performances. It did, however, at least fare better than Arizona and California."
- The Oregonian, May 18, 2015: Kate Brown will sign bill easing 'benefits cliff' for low-income renters
"A bipartisan bill offering relief for low-income families whose rising earnings would otherwise boot them from affordable housing is set to receive Gov. Kate Brown's signature and become law, her office confirmed Monday. House Bill 3082 — carried by Rep. Lew Frederick and Sen. Chip Shields, both Portland Democrats — would allow governments and housing agencies to slightly extend the income threshold for tenants living in tax-exempt units."
- The Herald-News, May 18, 2015: Bill Foster introduces bill aimed to provide Internet to low-income housing
"Low-income families with schoolchildren would have Internet access at home through a public assistance program under legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster. Foster, D-Naperville, on Monday joined representatives of the Housing Authority of Joliet and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at one of HAJ's affordable housing communities, Liberty Meadows Estates, to discuss the reasoning behind Foster's Closing the Digital Divide for Students Act."
- Valley Central, May 17, 2015: Low-income housing project aims to prevent flooding
"A low-income housing complex in Harlingen could be the future of housing in the Rio Grande Valley. From the slanted rooftops to the small ponds scattered across the grassy areas on the property, every design element of the La Hacienda Casitas located off Expressway 83 and Lewis Lane has a purpose."
- The Sacramento Bee, May 16, 2015: South Sacramento complex welcomes low-income, disabled residents after federally funded renovation
"The new Section 811 funding, managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services, provides subsidized housing to disabled individuals, keeping them out of an institution or off the streets. A team of state agencies, including the California Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Health Care Services, has received approximately $24 million to carry out the federal program since February 2013."
- New Pittsburgh Courier, May 16, 2015: White House to spend $250M on e-books for low-income youth, but how will they read them?
"Statistically, low-income households lag far behind their wealthier counterparts in terms of computer ownership. In fact, only about 16% of families with incomes less than $30,000 have a computer at home. In response to these statistics, the White House said libraries and schools in those poorer communities are increasing access to the Internet."
- Parenting, May 15, 2015: Nurse Visit Programs Boost Low-Income Moms & Slash Government Costs Over Time
"We all know becoming a mom isn't easy—and for low-income moms, it may be even tougher. That's why the Affordable Care Act began funding Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs, which give moms in need access to nurses to help counsel them about nutrition, health and parenting while they're pregnant and after their babies are born."
- NPR Pittsburgh, May 15, 2015: PA House Approves Legislation to Support Low-Income Students
"The Pennsylvania House unanimously approved legislation to allow students receiving welfare benefits to enroll in an academic support program for up to two years while completing an associate's or technical education."
- News 12: May 15, 2015: Harlem city leaders consider low income housing
"Citizens in Harlem say they're not opposed to low income housing, but there are enough housing options within the city limits and they really just want to keep the quiet town, quiet. But the community feel in Harlem might be exactly why developers picked it in the first place."
- Wicked Local Watertown, May 15, 2015: Demand exceeds supply for low-income housing
" With housing prices on the rise in the Boston area, housing authority directors say many families earning low salaries have a hard-time finding housing meeting their budgets. When families are lucky enough to secure a spot at a housing authority, they tend to hold onto those units for long periods of time, yielding little to no turnover."
- Miami Herald, May 15, 2015: Plan for Miami low-income housing unveiled
"Advocates for Miamians who live paycheck-to-paycheck are unveiling on Thursday an ambitious program to build as many as 1,000 new affordable housing units designed to prevent families from falling into homelessness. The program, which is being spearheaded by the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, aims to raise millions of dollars in private investment to encourage area developers to set aside units for 'extremely low income' residents — renters who earn the minimum wage, or only about 30 percent of the city’s median income. Persuading developers to build such housing is enormously difficult without government or private subsidies."
- NPR, May 14, 2015: Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts
"Lately, it's become clear that in many neighborhoods and towns across the U.S., it's far too difficult to find fresh, healthy and affordable food. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that it had identified more than 6,500 food deserts in rural and urban areas."
- Center for American Progress, May 14, 2015: Myth Busting: Medicaid and Low-Income Pool Facts
"Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, governors and state legislators in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and Kansas have been acutely aware of the need to expand Medicaid coverage or risk leaving their citizens in the coverage gap, losing state jobs, and hurting local economies."
- St. Cloud Times, May 14, 2015: Access to dental care issue for low-income patients
"In March, 85 St. Cloud-area families and individuals signed up for dental care — not by calling their dentist but by calling Operation Grace MN. The free mobile dental care helps low-income patients overcome pain, but dental professionals say it's just a bandage at a time of low reimbursement rates for dental care under the Medical Assistance program."
- Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2015: Venture Capitalists Help Connect Low-Income Students With Elite Colleges
"Investors here have gleefully trumpeted technology’s disruption of everything from transportation to entertainment. Now, they have a new target: college admissions. A group of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists have been quietly pouring resources into an education nonprofit that boosts the number of low-income students at the nation’s top colleges."
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 13, 2015: (Op-Ed) Proposed freeze on Pell Grants leaves low-income students out in the cold
"It’s hard to predict what life will be like a decade from now, but one thing is certain – there will be a much greater need for financial aid to make college affordable for millions of young people. So it’s especially troubling that Congress is considering freezing Pell Grants at the current level until 2025."
- The Advertiser, May 13, 2015: Are states efforts to boost grads working?
"The record U.S. graduation rate masks large gaps among students from low-income families and those with disabilities compared with their peers. There are also wide disparities among states in how well they are tackling the issue."
- CBS Detroit, May 13, 2015: Eliminating Tax Credits For Low-Income Families Part Of New Republican Plan To Fix Roads
"Cotter’s plan would raise more than $1 billion for roads by tapping into restricted funds that now support economic development programs such as film incentives, and casinos and the earned income tax credit for low-income families."
- The Washington Post, May 12, 2015: In most (but not all) states, low-income students are far less likely to graduate on time
"The nation’s high school graduation has been climbing steadily for nearly a decade, but the overall trend masks wide differences among states and groups of students. Low-income students, black and Hispanic students and students with disabilities are still far less likely to graduate than average, according to the annual GradNation report released Tuesday by a coalition of groups pushing to raise the national graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020."
- Big Think, May 12, 2015: Moving to a Poor Neighborhood Risks Weight Gain, Pessimism
"Researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) published a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine showing that people who moved to a more socioeconomically deprived neighborhood gained weight after their move. Based on the results, the team, led by Tiffany M. Powell-Wiley, has suggested that more immediate grassroots community-based public health initiatives ought to be considered."
- SFist, May 12, 2015: City To Help Subsidize 'Middle-Income' Rents In New Housing Bond
"If Mayor Lee's $250 million housing bond measure gets approved by voters in November, there will for the first time ever be public money going to below-market-rate rental housing geared specifically to residents who aren't low-income by any stretch. In order to help combat the runaway prices of rents in new building, the mayor's proposal would take a chunk of that money to give to developers to subsidize BMR units for households making between $100,000 and $140,000 a year."
- The Sun-Sentinel, May 12, 2015: Gov. Scott draws Republicans in Congress into Medicaid dispute
"Facing a state budget crisis, Gov. Rick Scott persuaded Republican allies in Congress on Tuesday to try to force the Obama administration to help Florida cover low-income families without expanding Medicaid."
- NPR Atlanta, May 11, 2015: Low, Middle Income Workers Most Vulnerable To Loss Of Obamacare Subsidies
"As we heard from Jeff, millions of Americans could be left scrambling if the Supreme Court decides their health insurance subsidies are illegal. These policyholders live in some three dozen states in which the federal government runs the healthcare exchange, not the state."
- Philipstown.info, May 11, 2015: Vassar Awarded Cooke Prize for Supporting Low-Income Students
"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced an inaugural $1 million award to Vassar College for its success in attracting and graduating low-income students. The Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence is the largest award in the nation recognizing a college making strides in enrolling low-income students and supporting them to successful graduation."
- MLive, May 11, 2015: In wake of Prop 1 fail, Michigan lawmaker renews call for graduated income tax
"Replacing Michigan's flat income tax with a graduated version could reduce rates for a majority of taxpayers but generate new revenue for the state by raising rates on the wealthy, according to state Rep. Jim Townsend. Townsend, D-Royal Oak, is promoting the potential tax policy change in the wake of last week's historic voter rejection of Proposal 1, which would have raised the state sales tax as part of a complex plan to fund road repairs."
- The Patriot-News, May 11, 2015: State Rep. Steve Bloom, colleagues, offer bill to ease work vs. benefits choice for low-, moderate-income families
"State Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-Carlisle, and several House colleagues introduced a bill Monday designed to end an unintended punishment for low- and moderate-income families trying to better their station. House Bill 1164, which Bloom is co-sponsoring, is designed to level off a so-called 'benefits cliff' that can force low-income families into a bad choice between subsidized child care services or a promotion or raise at work."
- Healthline News, May 10, 2015: Agencies Make Infertility Treatment Affordable for Low-Income Women
"Trying to conceive a child isn’t just emotionally draining. It can also be a financial burden, especially for low-income families. With the average initial in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment priced at about $12,000, many assisted reproductive technologies are out of financial reach even for people with moderate incomes."
- Wane.com, May 10, 2015: Program seeks to get high-risk students access to college
"An Ohio college will try to make it easier for low-income and first-generation students to attend college through a new initiative. Antioch College is launching a program called ReinventED Lab + Incubator, the Dayton Daily News. The program’s goal will be to improve access to college for high-risk students and help prepare them for education beyond high school."
- The Enterprise, May 10, 2015: Momentum grows for doubling of earned income credit
"Momentum for expanding the state Earned Income Tax Credit has swelled in recent months in Massachusetts. Many economists view the tax credit as a very effective anti-poverty measure. Statewide, 13 percent of all taxpayers claimed the state tax credit last year. The proportion was generally lower in affluent areas and higher in communities with lower median incomes."
- Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2015: (Op-Ed) Why market forces will overwhelm a higher minimum wage
"These alternative policies would have to be financed by higher taxes, but that's a good thing. Redistribution through taxes is paid for by those with the highest incomes. In contrast, higher minimum wages are paid for by those who happen to own businesses in low-wage industries, and the consumers of the products of those industries, who are more likely to be poor. Progressives who want to help low-income families by pushing for higher minimum wages would do better to channel their energy toward methods of redistribution that do less to harm the least-skilled, and more to help them."
- The Boston Globe, May 9, 2015: States debate whether to tax income or consumption
"LePage is one of several Republican governors seeking to radically reshape their states’ tax systems, shifting them from taxing income — what people earn — to consumption — what people spend. The proposals are reigniting the debate over which is the best and fairest way to raise revenues without harming the economy, creating huge budget deficits, cutting critical government services, and exacerbating income inequality."
- Raw Story, May 9, 2015: ‘It’s indentured servitude': How payday lenders devastate low-income communities
"In St Louis, a payday loan is something with which you are either intimately familiar or completely oblivious. The locations of payday loan outlets correspond to income: the lower the regional income, the more payday loan centers you will find. The 249 payday lenders in the St Louis metro area are almost entirely absent from wealthy or middle class areas. The outlets supply small loans – usually under $500 – at exorbitant interest rates to be paid off, ideally, with one’s next paycheck."
- The Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2015: (Blog) WHO Adds Gilead Hepatitis C Drugs to its List of Essential Medicines
"As the debate over the cost of prescription drugs accelerates, the World Health Organization has added several treatments for cancer and hepatitis C to its list of so-called essential medicines, which the agency believes should be made available at affordable prices."
- The Stranger, May 8, 2015: (Blog) The ACLU and the Low Income Housing Institute Are Opposed to the Proposed Smoking Ban in Parks
"The ACLU and LIHI say they're worried the new rule would be used disproportionately against homeless people because they often have nowhere else to go and because it will be enforced mostly in downtown parks, where there are more homeless people than in most other city parks. The homeless advocacy group Real Change has also come out against the ban."
- Bloomberg Business, May 8, 2015: For Some College Students, the Cap and Gown Makes Graduation Day Too Costly
"Two of the colleges at the university, Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, will cover the cost of cap and gown for students who demonstrate financial need, starting this commencement season, according to Sydney Goss, director of communications for Columbia College."
- U.S. News & World Report, May 7, 2015: Obama administration's snub of Florida hospitals funds has other states on edge
"The Obama administration rebuffed Florida's Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to extend federal funds for hospitals that treat the uninsured, increasing the pressure on states that have refused to expand coverage for low-income people under the president's health care law."
- Houston Chronicle, May 7, 2015: With coaching, low-income workers can become big savers
"While advising employees on how to apply for government money is debatable, a new study finds that when an employer provides financial literacy training, low-income employees see changes that will last a lifetime."
- Philly.com, May 7, 2015: Health care lacking in Philadelphia's low-income areas
"Philadelphia is well-known as medicine central, with one of the nation's highest concentrations of hospitals and specialists. But a new University of Pennsylvania study finds that in health care, as in so many other realms that intersect with economics, there are two Philadelphias."
- Health Canal, May 7, 2015: Why quality childcare is important for low-income children
"High-quality childcare can help close developmental gaps in children from low socio-economic backgrounds, according to new research from the University of Adelaide."
- FOX 23, May 6, 2015: DHS warns about scam targeting low income
"The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is warning about a scam in Oklahoma and other states. Officials say scammers are calling people and claiming to be with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The scammers claim the Treasury Department can disperse large sums of money in exchange for a smaller amount of money initially sent to them."
- Olando Weekly, May 6, 2015: Gov. Scott goes to Washington to insist that the feds continue to fund the Low Income Pool
"Setting off for Washington, D.C., to meet with federal officials over health-care money at the heart of a state budget crisis, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday flatly ruled out a Senate plan to extend private insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of lower-income Floridians."
- Wisconsin State Journal, May 6, 2015: Bill changes program that limits class sizes in low-income schools
"A longtime state program to reduce class sizes in elementary schools with significant numbers of poor students would no longer require fewer students in classrooms under changes senators will vote on Wednesday."
- WDRB, May 6, 2015: Kentucky, Indiana exempt TARC from bridge tolls, reject discounts and other breaks for low-income drivers
"Kentucky and Indiana will exempt TARC buses from tolls, distribute free transponders at retailers in low-income and minority neighborhoods and erect signs showing how to reach toll-free bridges."
- News Medical, May 6, 2015: Intervention to connect low-income uninsured patients to primary care could improve health, reduce costs
"An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in Maryland. A University of Maryland School of Public Health study evaluating the results of the intervention was published this week in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs."
- Valley News Live, May 5, 2015: Helping Children in Low income Families get a Higher Education
"48 million children across the United States live in low-income or poor families. And, for many of those children, higher education may seem like an impossible dream."
- CBS Moneywatch, May 5, 2015: The toughest city in America for growing up poor
"Children of low-income families are most likely to succeed if they grow up in DuPage County, Illinois, while the opposite is true after a childhood spent in Baltimore."
- PBS Newshour, May 4, 2015: Why the place you grow up can limit earning power for life
"n New York today, on the campus of Lehman College in the Bronx, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the independent nonprofit that he says will outlive his presidency by tackling the underlying problems that have led to the unrest in cities like Baltimore. Its goal? To reduce the opportunity gap for black and Latino men."
- The Washington Post, May 4, 2015: D.C. home prices have tripled in 15 years. Here’s how that affects low-income residents.
"District, Measured, which is a blog from the District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, has data showing that homeownership among D.C.’s low-income residents is decreasing, suggesting that the city’s lowest-income residents could continue to leave the city. In 2001, 31 percent of low-income households — households that earn less than $26,807 and fall in the bottom 25 percent of District households’ incomes — owned their homes. In 2014, only 19 percent of low-income households owned their homes. That a 40 percent decrease in the rate of homeownership among low-income residents."
- The Times-Picayune, May 4, 2015: Obama cites lack of hope by urban youth after report ranks New Orleans 99th, Baton Rouge, 88th, in income mobility
"Low-income children growing up in Metro New Orleans can expect household income on average to decline by 14.8 percent by the time they reach 26 years-old -- 99th out of 100 metro areas in income mobility evaluated by a pair of Harvard University researchers. That's $3,848 decline in household income from the $26,000 average, the researchers said. Their report, utilizing income data, assessed the differences in terms of income growth or decline."
- The Boston Globe, May 3, 2015: An ‘income-achievement’ gap within kids’ brain structures
"Research has long shown that students from low-income families tend to lag behind their wealthier peers on standardized test performance and other measures of academic success. Now, a study led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard finds a correlate to this 'income-achievement' gap within kids’ brain structures."
- USA Today, May 3, 2015: 1 in 4 renters use half their pay for housing costs
" More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That's the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. The number of such households has jumped 26 percent to 11.25 million since 2007."
- The Hill, May 2, 2015: (Blog) Obama touts education initiatives as GOP threatens cuts
"President Obama this weekend is stressing the importance of education – and government investments in education – in keeping American students competitive in an era of ever-expanding globalization."
- The Rolla Daily News, May 3, 2015: The economic and racial inequality problem in Baltimore exists in many US cities
"Commenters have argued that Baltimore has long been plagued with serious socioeconomic problems, and that these fed into the rage that boiled over in recent days in the wake of the death of Freddie Grey after sustaining injuries while in police custody. But Baltimore isn't alone in having a pattern of racial and economic segregation. We examined the data and found that many big US cities, like Baltimore, are riddled with poor, mostly minority neighborhoods."
- Lafayette Journal & Courier, May 2, 2015: Nutrition program helps thousands in county
"How many know that WIC served an average of 159,525 Hoosiers each month in 2013? Or that during that year, more than 46 percent of live births in Tippecanoe County were to mothers participating in the WIC program?"
- Washington City Paper, May 1, 2015: With Prices Tripling, Homeownership Tanks Among Low-Income Washingtonians
"Nationally, the homeownership rate dropped from 70 percent to 67 percent over those 13 years; in D.C., the rate declined from 48 percent to 44 percent, although that drop occurred entirely between 2013 and 2014, according to the data."
- The New York Post, May 1, 2015: Summing up the housing, income crises in one depressing stat
"More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That’s the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. The number of such households has jumped 26 percent to 11.25 million since 2007."
- National Journal, May 1, 2015: The EITC Gives Low-Income Americans More Than Just Money
"But for the dozens of people crowded into chairs lining the hallway of this tax-preparation office, tax season means something else entirely: a rare time when they may have a few extra thousand dollars in their pocket, alongside the emotional lift that can accompany a financial windfall."
- NBC News, April 30, 2015: Obama to Announce Free E-Books for Low-Income Kids
"President Barack Obama will go to a public library in one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods on Thursday to talk about a plan to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books."
- FOX34, April 30, 2015: Ground broken on apartments for low income families
"Ground has been broken on a new apartment complex for low income families. The Vineyards of Monterey will be located at the corner of 94th Street and Milwaukee Avenue. The complex will feature 96 units in a luxury setting."
- CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, April 30, 2015: Texas Notes High-Performing Schools With Low-Income Students
"More than 400 Texas schools were recognized for improvements at campuses where at least 40 percent of the students are considered low income. The Texas Education Agency on Thursday identified this year’s high-performing and/or high-progress Title I reward schools."
- The Washington Post, April 29, 2015: Segregation of the nation’s children starts with preschool, new report finds
"Publicly funded preschools across the country are largely segregated by race and income, and poor children are typically enrolled in the lowest quality programs, according to a new report released Wednesday by researchers at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University."
- Belleville News-Democrat, April 29, 2015: Alabama Senate committee delays vote on flat income tax
"An Alabama Senate budget committee on Wednesday delayed a vote pushing for a flat state income tax. The Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee held a public hearing for a bill that would propose a constitutional amendment creating a flat income tax for individuals and corporations."
- Newsplex, April 29, 2015: Bill Introduced to Help Low-Income Students Earn College Credits
"Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Senator Rob Portman of Ohio have proposed legislation to help low-income students earn college credits while they are still in high school."
- CNN Money, April 28, 2015: Poor kids, rich schools
"He is part of a growing number of low-income students who are able to attend elite schools, as universities seek out more socioeconomically diverse students and offer more aid to lower-income families. But once students make it through the ivy gates, they find they are still not completely accepted."
- NPR Marketplace, April 28, 2015: Spending $100 million to break down AP class barriers
" According to the College Board, which runs the AP program, in 2013 about 15 percent of graduating seniors in the U.S. were black. But, black students made up only about 9 percent of AP test takers. That same year — the latest for which reliable comparisons are available — low-income students made up 48 percent of the high school population, but only about 28 percent of AP test takers."
- St. Peters Blog, April 28, 2015: Rick Scott sues feds over Obamacare, Low Income Pool dollars
"Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit in federal court in Pensacola on Tuesday seeking declaratory relief that the Obama Administration violated the U.S. Constitution by withholding supplemental Medicaid funding from the state in the form of Low Income Pool dollars."
- Cognoscienti, April 28, 2015: Debunking The ‘No Point In Applying’ Mentality For Low-Income Students
"Unfortunately, the vast majority of high-achieving, low-income students do not apply to selective colleges or universities. The average enrollment of low-income students at the more selective four-year colleges is only in the 10 to 15 percent range. Well-qualified low-income students who are discouraged from applying to selective colleges and who enroll in less selective schools are at a disadvantage. Less competitive schools generally offer less generous financial packages, fewer support services and less challenging courses of study."
- Real Estate Rama, April 28, 2015: Governor Cuomo Announces $3 Million to Aid Low-Income New Yorkers With Medical Needs to Keep Cool This Summer
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3 million has been allocated to the Cooling Assistance Component of the Home Energy Assistance Program to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from medical conditions aggravated by extreme heat. The program will provide air conditioning units to eligible households for the summer months. Prolonged exposure to high indoor temperatures poses health risks that disproportionately affect those already suffering from medical ailments."
- Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 27, 2015: EPB to offer discounted Internet for low-income households
"EPB will offer its high-speed Internet service at a discounted rate to any household with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-fee lunches. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced Monday night that EPB will begin offering 100-megabit-per-second Internet service to low-income households for $26.99 a month -- less than half EPB's current rate of $57.99 a month for 100 Mbps service."
- Daily Journal, April 27, 2015: Civil suit says low-income tax filers targeted by predatory lenders
"Two New Mexico lenders are the defendants in a $900,000 lawsuit that claims they tricked low-income individuals into taking out high-interest tax refund anticipation loans."
- GazetteNet, April 27, 2015: Amherst TM raises recreation subsidies for low-income families
"Arguing that many families can’t afford to send their children to town-sponsored recreation programs, members of Town Meeting added more than $100,000 to the community services budget at the first session of annual Town Meeting Monday."
- Crain's New York Business, April 27, 2015: Banks pursue the 'underbanked': millennial and low-income clients
"New York City's status as a global banking capital hasn't helped it solve a vexing challenge: a large population of people who are 'underbanked' and have limited access to financial services—or have no bank at all."
- The Post & Courier, April 26, 2015: Extended school day expands the horizons for low-income students
"Those are just some of the unique learning opportunities students at the high-poverty school are getting this year as part of an extended-day program. The school district, in partnership with the nonprofit Charleston Promise Neighborhood, piloted an extended school day at Sanders Clyde this school year, with students staying an extra 2½ hours a day."
- The American Prospect, April 26, 2015: Senior Class: America's Unequal Retirement
"Inequality has been increasing in multiple ways. But one little-appreciated form is the inequality of retirement time. That’s the number of years between retirement and death. It’s not surprising that divergent retirement time should reflect other forms of growing inequality. The poor have lower earnings and often work longer out of necessity, not choice. They are less likely to have decent pensions or private savings. On average, they suffer poorer health and tend to die younger. On all counts, the affluent get to enjoy more years of retirement in relative comfort."
- The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2015: Low-Income Students at Elite Colleges Speak of Facing Pressures and Alienation
"Jasmine Miller, who grew up in Tennessee and graduated from Harvard in 2013, has some illustrative anecdotes to explain how low-income students at elite colleges get subtle and not-so-subtle reminders that they aren’t like their classmates. An Ivy League economics professor, for example, might try to elicit a discussion by asking, 'How many of you were raised by nannies?' And a low-income student is bound to get a party icebreaker like 'Where’s your favorite place to go abroad?'"
- ThinkProgress, April 24, 2015: The Poor Can’t Even Afford An Apartment In The ‘Poor Door’ Building
"The New York City luxury condominium building that became infamous for its separate ‘poor door’ for low-income residents has attracted more than 88,000 applications for its 55 low-income units. The poor door caused blowback for separating low-income residents from the millionaire condo owners and barring them from facilities like the pool and gym. But the high level of demand shows the incredible need for affordable housing."
- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, August 24, 2015: Medicaid heat is put on 4 states
"President Barack Obama's administration is dialing up the pressure on four states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul."
- The Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2015: Verizon Drops Customers From Low-Income Program
"Efforts to reduce fraud in a program that subsidizes phone bills for low-income Americans may be resulting in a large number of eligible customers being dropped from its rolls."
- Cleveland.com, April 23, 2015: First-generation and low-income students thrive at small private colleges, report says
"First-generation and low-income students thrive at small and midsize private colleges and are more likely to graduate than if they attended a public or large private university, a report by the group representing those institutions says."
- Syracuse.com, April 23, 2015: Syracuse to get $1 million to help low income families with home repairs, energy bills
"Syracuse and Rochester will be getting $1 million each to help low income families with home repairs and energy bills."
- New York Post, April 22, 2015: Low income families do send kids to elite schools: report
"Thousands of students from the poorest neighborhoods are being accepted at the city’s elite public high schools — puncturing claims that poverty is a bar to the coveted seats, a new analysis reveals. Nearly one in three students enrolled at Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and five other specialized high schools comes from low-income neighborhoods, according to the Independent Budget Office."
- New York Post, April 22, 2015: ‘I feel like a tourist': Inside poor students’ Ivy League isolation
"The needs of first-generation and low-income students have been a topic of concern among higher education experts for years, but there are a variety of reasons for the recent boost in national attention. For one, social media has given students a wider platform to share their experience. An example of this phenomenon is Columbia Class Confessions, a page launched last month by Toni Airaksinen, a Barnard freshman and FLIP member, which features stories of students skipping meals, working several jobs and even going to such extremes as donating their eggs to make ends meet at school."
- MarketWatch, April 22, 2015: A tax-reform agenda for low-income Americans
" This amalgam of 30 progressive organizations (from AARP to the NAACP to United Way Worldwide) and tax researchers, maintains that America’s tax system is wildly skewed to favor the wealthy, with the top 1% of households receiving more benefits of wealth-building tax breaks than the bottom 80% combined."
- CNN Money, April 21, 2015: 88,000 apply to get in this 'poor door'
"A 33-story luxury complex in Manhattan has 55 affordable rentals at below-market rates for those who meet certain income requirements - and a staggering 88,000 applications have been received."
- Tampa Bay Times, April 21, 2015: (Editorial) Light versus darkness in Florida Legislature
"The difference between right and wrong in the Florida Legislature is as obvious as light and darkness. Senators met in the sunshine Tuesday to discuss the considerable benefits of accepting federal Medicaid expansion money and revamping payments to hospitals for treating the uninsured. House Republicans met in secret and were asked to trust their leadership's rigid opposition to providing health coverage to low-income Floridians. It's hard to meet in public when your position is financially and morally irresponsible."
- Press Herald, April 21, 2015: Maine Republicans back constitutional amendment to abolish income tax
"Republican leaders in the House and Senate are backing Gov. Paul LePage’s effort to amend the constitution to abolish the income tax. In a letter sent to the top lawmakers from both parties Monday, LePage urged legislative leaders from both parties to sign on as co-sponsors to his proposal. He says the Maine people agree that the “path to prosperity” is a future with no income tax."
- Waco Tribune, April 21, 2015: Midway ISD board approves ‘letter of concern’ about low-income housing
"Midway Independent School District’s board of trustees Tuesday unanimously approved a letter stating that it does not support a proposed low-income housing development near Woodgate Intermediate School, claiming the complex, coupled with a new D.R. Horton subdivision in the same attendance zone, could strain the district’s resources."
- Ocala Star Banner, April 21, 2015: UF Health Jax CEO: Hospital will close without low-income pool money
"The head of UF Health in Jacksonville painted a dire picture Tuesday of the future of his hospital without the pool of money that helps cover the cost of uninsured adults' unpaid bills. 'If I lose it, I'll close in a few months,' UF Health Jacksonville Chief Executive Officer Russell Armistead told the Florida Senate about the pot of money known as the low-income pool (LIP)."
- NJ.com, April 20, 2015: Is Somerset one of the best counties for children? Yes, report says
"Somerset County is one of the best places in the state for children, according to the latest annual Kids Count report released Monday. For the second year in a row, Somerset County was ranked No. 3 in the report, which measures the state's 21 counties in 13 categories, including poverty, health, safety and education. Nearby Morris and Hunterdon counties finished ahead of Somerset."
- CityMetric, April 20, 2015: Poor doors highlight the social costs of growing up in the shadow of wealth
"One of New York City’s newest luxury apartment buildings recently started accepting applications for low-income renters who will use a controversial “poor door” – a separate entrance from their wealthier neighbors who pay the full monthly rate."
- Arizona Daily Star, April 20, 2015: Tucson offers $2 swim lessons for low-income kids
"Low-income children who live in the city limits can get swimming lessons for $2 this summer. The 2-week classes will be offered in June and July at 18 city pools."
Community Action Agencies were established to fight the War on Poverty in 1964. Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, located at 357 Constitution Way in Idaho Falls serves the nine eastern Idaho counties with services to help low-income individuals become independent and self-sufficient. EICAP is one of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the United States that provide services to every county in the nation.