- CNBC, September 3, 2015: Low-Income Workers See Biggest Drop in Paychecks
"Despite steady gains in hiring, a falling unemployment rate and other signs of an improving economy, take-home pay for many American workers has effectively fallen since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to a new study by an advocacy group that is to be released on Thursday. The declines were greatest for the lowest-paid workers in sectors where hiring has been strong — home health care, food preparation and retailing — even though wages were already below average to begin with in those service industries."
- The News Review, September 3, 2015: (Op-Ed) Make it less complicated to seek federal student aid
"The application for federal student aid is so complicated that many in higher education see the FAFSA as a significant roadblock for low-income and first-generation students getting into college. It can be especially cumbersome for non-intact families as it requires applicants to provide income information for both parents. If one refuses to cooperate, it can delay or derail a student’s college hopes."
- The New York Daily News, September 3, 2015: How Uber is serving low-income New Yorkers
"As the city considers limiting the growth of for-hire vehicle fleets, it is focusing only on studying Uber’s effects on Manhattan traffic congestion — and ignoring the significant benefits the service provide outer-borough residents, who are chronically underserved by the existing taxi system."
- Houston Press, September 3, 2015: No Easy Ride: What Using METRO's New Bus Network is like in a Low-Income Community
"While the previous bus network had 89 routes, the new one has 79—and as a result, low-income communities like Hersey's lost access to 12 routes, while non-low-income communities gained three. That's according to the April 2015 analysis Metro was required to conduct under Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act—analysis to make sure any major transportation changes won't have a disproportionate impact on minority and low-income communities. The conclusion, in every category—such as travel times and route changes—was no."
- The New York Times, September 2, 2015: Low-Income Workers See Biggest Drop in Paychecks
"Despite steady gains in hiring, a falling unemployment rate and other signs of an improving economy, take-home pay for many American workers has effectively fallen since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to a new study by an advocacy group that is to be released on Thursday."
- CNBC, September 2, 2015: How Much Does Our Social Safety Net Cost? $742 Billion a Year and Rising
"With roughly a sixth of the U.S. population living in poverty and many more struggling to stay out of it, the federal social safety net has evolved in recent years into an extraordinarily costly and wide-ranging assortment of spending and tax measures."
- MarketWatch, September 2, 2015: This innovative idea is helping low-income families save for college
"Advocates have for years argued that giving every child a savings account could close the gap in college application and graduation rates between low-income children and their wealthier peers. More recently, high levels of student debt have focused fresh attention on the concept: A handful of states, counties and cities have created children’s savings account programs, and others are poised to do the same."
- Baltimore Post-Examiner, September 2, 2015: (Op-Ed) Struggles of low-paid Marylanders misrepresented in flawed report
"A recent Cato Institute publication, The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off: Europe, reported on by MarylandReporter.com this week, promotes a seriously misleading message. Using flawed methodology, the authors claim that Maryland’s support for struggling families provides so much money that recipients prefer not to enter the labor market. Furthermore, they claim that Marylanders on public assistance receive a greater total benefit than residents in most European countries."
- Marketplace, September 1, 2015: Helping low-income college students feel at home
"There are a lot more students with backgrounds like Gabe's than there used to be at Vassar. Over the past eight years, the school's financial aid budget has doubled. Sixty percent of students now receive aid. But that means 40 percent come from families that can afford to pay full price — more than $63,000 a year."
- 2 Minute Medicine, September 1, 2015: Government-funded initiatives provide important supports to low-income HIV patients
"The Ryan-White HIV/AIDs program (RWHAP) was initiated in 1990 to help low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals gain access to high-quality HIV care, treatment and supports. They provide access to outpatient medical care, HIV treatment medications, antiretroviral therapy adherence support, as well as non-medical assistance with food, housing, transportation, mental health services and risk reduction counseling."
- Capital News Radio, September 1, 2015: New Developer Fee To Fund Low-Income Housing Fund
"The Sacramento City Council has unanimously approved a fee for developers that could raise $110 million for low-income housing over the next 20 years. The fee of $2.58 per square-foot will be assessed on any new residential development unless it's designed with low-income housing."
- Profit Confidential, September 1, 2015: U.S. Economic Collapse: Low Income Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Any Metro Area
"A new report shows poor households cannot earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American cities. This is a signal that the country’s slow-motion economic collapse is hitting low-income workers the hardest."
- U.S. News & World Report, August 31, 2015: Not Everyone Has a Choice
"With competing legislation in Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or the ESEA, and the presidential race shining a spotlight on education issues, a decades-old policy issue is once again under debate: the flexibility to allow the approximately $14.4 billion of Title I-A funds to follow students across schools."
- EdSource, August 31, 2015: Report: Low-income, black, disabled students miss school more often
"California’s low-income, black and disabled students are more likely to miss school frequently, which can be linked to future achievement gaps and dropout rates, according to a report released Monday. The national report by Attendance Works found that chronic absenteeism is often the result of a student’s health problems, such as asthma, and absenteeism is often as prevalent among young children as it is among teenagers. At least 10 percent of kindergartners and 1st graders miss nearly a month of class in a school year, according to the report."
- Chicago Sun Times, August 31, 2015: Moody's: Reinstating Illinois income tax hike not enough
"With Illinois facing financial duress on several fronts, Moody’s Investors Service on Monday suggested that even if officials reinstate an income tax increase that was allowed to sunset in January it won’t be enough to plug a $5 billion budget hole."
- The Sacramento Bee, August 30, 2015: Sacramento council to debate new fee for low-income housing
"The Sacramento City Council will be asked Tuesday to impose a fee on developers to help build subsidized housing for lower-income residents in new and old neighborhoods around the city. The fee, $2.58 for each square foot of new construction, is part of the city’s proposal to overhaul its mixed-income housing ordinance. Instead of requiring developers in new areas to include low-income housing in their projects, which is the current policy, most developers would instead pay into a housing trust fund."
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 29, 2015: (Op-Ed) School for low-income kids strikes a work-school balance (Subscription Only)
"There are scholarships and other tools for people of more modest means. And right here in Atlanta, there’s even a school that only admits kids from low-income families."
- The Huffington Post, August 29, 2015: After Katrina, Here’s How New Orleans Improved Education, Low-Income Housing, Health Care
"Before the Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was the second-lowest-ranked district in the second-lowest-ranked state in the country. In 2005, 62 percent of students were failing, according to district records. Simmons' story represents that of many students who might not have succeeded to the same degree without the post-Katrina education system changes, experts point out. For Simmons, that meant attending a charter school, where she said her teachers pushed her even more once they found out about her compromising situation."
- The Atlantic, August 28, 2015: Making Homeownership Less Exclusive
"While some may say that the lack of homeownership reflects changing values, owning a home remains an important tool for wealth building for most families. Yet it is particularly unattainable for low-income and minority households. The homeownership rate for households that fall below median income was less than 50 percent in 2014, for those who made above the median it was nearly 80 percent. And the gap in homeownership between whites, and blacks and Hispanics is almost as large. Now, a new program from Fannie Mae is trying to change that."
- Mother Jones, August 28, 2015: "They Would Have Killed You All"
"On Tuesday, a study by the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research found that recovery policies in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina largely ignored the needs of African American women who lived in four of the city's largest public housing complexes. These women were forced to move into more expensive housing, and some had to relocate to areas where they faced racial intimidation."
- The New York Times, August 27, 2015: (Editorial) Time to Fix the Fafsa
"Legislators and the Department of Education have been trying for years to radically simplify the standard form, known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa. But every time they cut a few questions, they add a few more. Today the Fafsa has 105 questions and 88 pages of instructions, making it as torturous and perplexing as a federal income tax form. Research suggests that the sheer length of the form and the confusing instructions are a huge deterrent to families that need financial aid, especially low-income families sending a child to college for the first time."
- The Atlantic CityLab, August 27, 2015: Why Louisiana Fought Low-Income Housing in New Orleans After Katrina
"A recent survey from Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Lab found that, of residents forced to live somewhere else after the storm, the ones who took the longest to return home were those who made less than $20,000 a year. Nearly 68 percent of those households took longer than a year to move back to New Orleans, compared with just 8.23 percent of those who made more than $100,000 a year. Part of the reason for that gap was the fact that poor families had few places to move back to."
- The Washington Post, August 27, 2015: Public housing officials blast Obama administration’s move to oust wealthier tenants from subsidized homes
"The teeth-gnashing from housing advocates underscores a debate that’s likely to continue: How should government encourage low-income families to become self-sufficient? An unsparing audit by HUD’s inspector general found 26,000 families that exceeded the income threshold to get into public housing, nearly half by $10,000 to $70,000."
- The Huffington Post, August 27, 2015: Low-Income Workers Have Nowhere Affordable To Live, New Report Shows
"Low-income workers and their families do not earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American communities, according to a new analysis of families’ living costs published Wednesday."
- Cincinnati.com, August 27, 2015: Books in the mail for low-income kids
"Low-income children can get free books in the mail, part of a new Every Child Capital fund program meant to improve child literacy and kindergarten readiness. The Reach Out and Read/Imagination Library program will offer every Medicaid-eligible child younger than 5 in Cincinnati one age-appropriate book a month via mail. That’s about 10,000 kids total. The goal is to give children home libraries and instill a love for learning at an early age."
- Las Vegas Sun, August 27, 2015: For kids at low-income schools, Las Vegas’ teacher shortage hits especially hard
"Out of the 62 schools with five or more empty teaching positions, all but seven are located in the valley’s poorest neighborhoods around downtown, North Las Vegas and the east valley."
- Center for American Progress, August 27, 2015: Strengthening the Child Tax Credit Would Provide Greater Economic Stability for Millennial Parents
"Millennial adults, or Americans between the ages of 18 and 34, are facing greater financial pressures and economic insecurity compared with prior generations. Millennials with children are especially likely to struggle to make ends meet. Forty percent of Millennials are already parents, and that percentage is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years. Children born to Millennial parents make up 80 percent of the 4 million annual births in the United States, and around 9,000 Millennial women give birth every day."
- The Patriot-News, August 25, 2015: Harrisburg wins $3.7 million federal grant to remove lead, health hazards from low-income homes
"Harrisburg officials announced Tuesday that the city had won a $3.7 million federal grant to remove lead and other health hazards from low-income homes. The city was among 14 cities nationwide to win a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration program. A total of $48 million was distributed nationwide under the program."
- The Tennessean, August 26, 2015: Community health centers serve low-income and uninsured
"We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Community Health Centers. What began as a modest demonstration program in the mid-1960s has evolved 50 years later into the largest and most successful primary health care system in the country."
- Lincoln Journal Star, August 26, 2015: 'We need voices out there,' low-income families told at town hall with Lincoln senators
"Five Lincoln-area state senators said they won't give up advocating on behalf of low-income Nebraskans, but also urged attendees of a Wednesday town hall to make their own voices heard."
- The Washington Post, August 25, 2015: How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks
"The reality, however, was substantially different. Rose sold everything to Access Funding — 420 monthly lead checks between 2017 and 2052. They amounted to a total of nearly $574,000 and had a present value of roughly $338,000. In return, Access Funding paid her less than $63,000."
- The Huffington Post, August 25, 2015: (Blog) Tackling the Taboo: Low Income Housing in the U.S.
"Why, then, do so many residents like Sasha, commonly distinguished as our city's most vulnerable, struggle to find an affordable place to live? What we found true in the District speaks to a national problem. Public-private affordable housing development subsidizes rising rents for a struggling middle class, but does little to house our nation's poorest residents. The rate of gentrification in Washington is second among all American cities. While great for city development and economic growth, gentrification almost always leaves in its wake displaced, underserved residents."
- Nonprofit Quarterly, August 25, 2015: The Quandary of Being “Over Income” in Public Housing
"As the Washington Post’s editorial board reveals, the real scandal is that so many households that are eligible for housing assistance are not served by any Federal program. 'Affordable housing programs need more money to revamp old units, build new ones for mixed-income use and provide vouchers generous enough to get people out of bad neighborhoods and into better ones. Otherwise, wait lists will not go down, and those on them will have no chance to make their way up.' The fact is that scarcity of assisted housing, not low rents, keeps families clinging to these units."
- San Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2015: City to nonprofit: Quit trying to sell low-income housing complex
"City officials have waded into an unusual showdown between a prominent San Francisco church and a nonprofit it created to preserve affordable housing by demanding the nonprofit 'immediately cease all efforts' to sell its apartment complex for low-income residents."
- The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 24, 2015: How an App Helps Low-Income Students by Turning College Life Into a Game
"The university is in its second year of offering a mobile application called 'Ball State Achievements,' designed for students who come to Ball State on federal Pell Grants. The app essentially gamifies their college experience; they earn points for engaging in specific aspects of campus life, which can then be cashed in to purchase items in the university’s bookstore or on-campus Starbucks."
- UPI.com, August 24, 2015: Study: More gentrification, displacement expected in Bay Area
"As part of the Urban Displacement Project, researchers produced an interactive map detailing the nature of gentrification in different parts of the Bay Area. The effort is attempt to uncover correlations between transportation and urban development investments and displacement."
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, August 24, 2015: (Op-Ed) Climate rules: Bad news for low-income families
"The Clean Power Plan, which will require drastic cuts in 47 states' carbon dioxide emissions — consequently shifting America's energy economy away from affordable, reliable coal — will adversely impact poor, minority families the most."
- PBS NewsHour, August 21, 2015: Opening the doors to more low-income students reshapes a university
"As the president of Arizona State University, Crow has dramatically increased the student population to 84,000 students, making it the largest university in America. Under Crow, the number of low-income students has soared, enrollment of blacks and Latinos has doubled, and ASU has accomplished this despite the largest funding cuts from any state legislature in the country."
- The Washington Post, August 23, 2015: Martha’s Table gives low-income families a taste of a farmers market
"The fruits and vegetables are normally an expensive indulgence in the Southwest Washington neighborhood surrounding the center, but at Martha’s Table’s summer markets, they are free. It is the longtime D.C. charity’s latest initiative to provide low-income families with a bevy of produce and meal ideas, offered up with a casual farmers market feel, picking out veggies while music plays in the warm breeze."
- Time, August 21, 2015: Comcast to Offer Low-Cost Internet to Seniors
"According to recent polls, 85% of Americans use the Internet, but less than half of senior citizens have Internet access at home. This week, Comcast announced plans to improve the opportunity for older folks to get online by introducing a new low-cost Internet program for low-income seniors in San Francisco and, not surprisingly, retiree-friendly Palm Beach County, Fla."
- Austin Monitor, August 20, 2015: Minorities, low-income residents top budget amendment requests
"With city budget season in full swing, dozens of Austinites took to the podium at City Hall during a public hearing Thursday to ask City Council to amend the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year to include more services that benefit minorities, children and low-income residents."
- The Colorado Statesman, August 20, 2015: Low-income housing efforts get boost, but demand remains high
"More than $5 million in tax credits have been awarded in Colorado this year for the construction of special housing projects for the homeless and others in need. Those incentives were among a larger pool of allocated tax credits aimed at increasing low-income housing availability in the state."
- Northern Public Radio, August 20, 2015: Senate Approves Aid For Low-Income College Students
"Among the casualties of the Illinois budget impasse are grants that help low-income students pay for college. On Wednesday, Democrats in the state Senate voted to address that."
- The Atlantic, August 19, 2015: How to Get Low-Wage Workers Into the Middle Class
"Working closely with organized labor, the Fight for 15 persuaded the Los Angeles City Council to enact a $15 minimum wage, starting with an increase to $10 next year and climbing in steps to $15 in 2020. The campaign also persuaded a panel appointed by Andrew Cuomo to announce a $15 minimum wage for the 180,000 fast-food workers across the state of New York."
- The Washington Post, August 19, 2015: fter criticism, HUD says it’s trying to give the boot to public housing families who earn too much money
"In response to an unsparing audit by its watchdog, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has flipped its stance and now says it is urging housing authorities nationwide to evict tenants who earn too much to qualify for government subsidies."
- PBS NewsHour, August 19, 2015: Employer steps in to help low-income students get through college
"She was ready to give up when a staff member from a nearby nursing home, of all places, came and spoke to Vargas and her classmates. He offered to help them finish while they worked in paid internships and got training to become home health aides, which are in critically short supply."
- The New York Times, August 20, 2015: Low-Income Housing Goals Set for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
"The federal agency that regulates the mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Wednesday set goals for the next two years to nudge them to provide mortgages to more low-income borrowers and to landlords who offer low rents to poor people."
- Newsweek, August 19, 2015: Beating the Odds 2015: Top High Schools for Low-Income Students
"Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” list seeks to identify schools that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage."
- AlterNet, August 19, 2015: Why 40% of Low Income Students Don't Show Up to the Colleges They Get Accepted into
"It’s the height of summer, and some would-be college students are starting to fade in the searing heat of bureaucratic blockades. Their college plans may melt away entirely by the end of summer. Up to 40 percent of low-income students who are accepted to college in the spring never make it to the first day of class in the fall. They’re stymied by tuition sticker shock, Kafkaesque paperwork requirements and a quiet, corrosive feeling that they don’t belong."
- KPBS, August 19, 2015: Civic San Diego To Fund Projects That Benefit Low-Income Community
"Civic San Diego announced Wednesday it is looking for projects to fund with New Markets Tax Credits, which allow corporations or individuals to make donations and receive credits against their income taxes."
- PBS NewsHour, August 18, 2015: Does early college for high school students pave a path to graduation?
"These students have the potential to leave here with two years of college under their belt. So, that’s a big economic savings."
- Education Dive, August 18, 2015: Ed Dept fighting preschool program cuts
"Research indicates that high-quality early childhood education can have big positive outcomes down the line, and Obama has made increasing access one of his administration’s final key education issues. But Duncan’s aggressive campaigning comes as Congress is gearing up for another budget battle, which could push some of those initiatives to the wayside."
- The Washington Examiner, August 17, 2015: Vast majority of low-income students want to go to college; few ready to succeed
"Students from low-income families overwhelmingly want to go to college but lack the academic preparedness to succeed there, according to a new report from ACT. All but 4 percent of low-income high school graduates had a desire to go to college, with 84 percent saying they aspire to earn a bachelor's degree or higher."
- SF Gate, August 17, 2015: Low-income families living in Honolulu homeless encampment
"More than 40 percent of the people in a homeless encampment in Honolulu's Kakaako district are families, according to a new survey released by Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday."
- The San Luis Obispo Tribune, August 17, 2015: Grant to help first-generation, low-income students at Cal Poly
"A five-year, $1.45 million grant will help first-generation, low-income students at Cal Poly get the support services they need. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education supports academic training, counseling services, financial literacy support, mentoring programs and career services."
- The Spokesman-Review, August 15, 2015: (Op-Ed) Low-income voters face hurdles, not impossibilities
"Voting is not so simple for many poor people as I seemed to imply. But I do worry that portraying inconveniences as high barriers can discourage people from even trying. Inconveniences can be worked around."
- The Topeka Capital-Journal, August 15, 2015: Tax credit controversy: Highflying school wants doors open to more low-income families
"The state’s tax credit program for scholarships could open up an ambitious private college preparatory track to more families, but the school is unlikely to serve children who struggle academically."
- CBS SF Bay Area, August 14, 2015: Students Rising Above Teach Low-Income Kids How To Code
"Fifty percent of public schools in San Francisco don’t offer any computer science classes. The divide is deeper for the poor."
- Daily Voice, August 14, 2015: U.S. Grant Funds Child Care For Westchester Low-Income Families
"Infants and toddlers from low-income working families in Westchester have new opportunities to participate in Early Head Start child care programs thanks to a federal grant designed to improve early childhood development."
- Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2015: Residents of low-income South Bronx want reassurance amid Legionnaire's disease crisis
"This summer's deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx was described by one politician here as an 'unfortunate perfect storm' — invisible clouds of contaminated mist from commercial cooling towers swirling down into one of this city's poorest areas, whose population already struggles with health problems associated with poverty. The result: the worst outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York state history — 115 cases and 12 deaths since the middle of July. No one was prepared for the ferociousness with which the disease struck the South Bronx."
- The Huffington Post, August 13, 2015: (Op-Ed) Marriage for Low-Income Americans is Still Worth Fighting For
"The disconnect between marriage-related values and actions stems largely from concrete obstacles. Sociologist Kathryn Edin argues that the working class value both parenting and marriage, but see the former as more attainable. Due to everyday economic pressures, working-class Americans' fear of entrapment and failure keeps them from marrying. However, practical assistance could let more people enjoy the many advantages of a strong marriage."
- Scope, August 13, 2015: Blacks, Hispanics and low-income kids with stomach aches treated differently in ERs
"Unfortunately, misdiagnosis happens more often when the pediatric patient is black, Hispanic or low-income, according to a study published today in PLOS ONE led by Park and Stanford medical student Louise Wang."
- Education Week, August 12, 2015: Education Department Awards Grants to Defray Costs of AP Tests
"In a push to prepare more low-income students for college or a career, the U.S. Department of Education Wednesday awarded $28.4 million in grants to help defray the cost of taking advanced placement (AP) tests."
- Gas2, August 12, 2015: Los Angeles Carsharing Program For Low-Income Neighborhoods
"A Los Angeles carsharing program will target low-income neighborhoods. The program will begin with 100 new cars, 80 of them electric. It will also install charging stations to support the carsharing plan, which is funded by a $1.6 million dollar grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB)."
- University City Review, August 12, 2015: Council President Clarke hails progress of Energy Fit-Low Income Housing Preservation Program
"City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) on Wednesday joined North Philadelphia residents to celebrate the ongoing progress of the Energy Coordinating Agency’s (ECA) EnergyFIT program, which preserves housing in order to prevent displacement and homelessness among low-income residents."
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- The Washington Post, August 11, 2015: For second year in a row, test scores soar at low-income Arlington school
" As Virginia’s English-language learners fell further behind in state test scores this year, one poor, largely Hispanic school in Arlington County again recorded big gains in scores after ramping up test preparation for the second year in a row."
- The Times-Picayune, August 11, 2015: Louisiana preschools to get $10 million boost for low-income kids
"A committee for Louisiana's top public education board approved an additional $10 million per year for the state's preschools Tuesday (Aug. 11), to a round of audience thank yous. The money will partially restore years of state funding cuts that had priced some families out of child care centers, Education Superintendent John White said."
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy, August 11, 2015: After Katrina, a Housing Project is Reborn as Mixed-Income Model
"Marketplace visits the Columbia Parc at the Bayou District, a mixed-income development in New Orleans that replaced a public-housing project damaged by Hurricane Katrina and later demolished. The revision was financed through a nonprofit called the Bayou District Foundation, which has a goal of implementing community redevelopment models."
- Think Progress, August 11, 2015: One Of The Country’s Most Racially Segregated Cities Wants To Get Healthier
"Now, in her new role as 'chief resilience officer' for the city, Martin has set out to eradicate those racial and economic disparities. The two-year position, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, allows Martin, former head of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Office of Public Health Awareness, to coordinate equitable emergency response efforts during natural disasters, infrastructure fails, and acts of terrorism."
- The Christian Science Monitor, August 10, 2015: School gardens help fruit, vegetables to flourish in low-income food deserts
"Green classrooms, incorporated into high school curricula, have sprouted nationwide to educate teenagers about nutrition and include them in community gardening. Participating students invest their time and energy in providing their neighborhoods with ready access to healthy and affordable food. As a result, they may also improve academic performance and engagement at school and pass on their knowledge and habits to their families."
- Forbes, August 10, 2015: Modernizing Medicare: Supporting Minorities And Low-Income Patients
"Medicare turned 50 at the end of last month and has proven to be a popular and indispensable component of the social safety net. Still, like any 50-year-old, the program needs to learn some new tricks to bring it more comfortably into the modern age, where budget pressures, rising health costs and equitable access to quality care must be addressed. Specifically, Medicare’s reliance on the fee-for-service model has contributed to rising budgetary pressures. Considerable research has shown that fee-for-service plans are one way our system incentivizes quantity of treatment over quality."
- The Huffington Post, August 10, 2015: Internet Access Still Limited For Low-Income, Uneducated Americans
"For many of us, a life without Internet might be hard to imagine. Yet, 15 percent of U.S. adults say they never go online, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. The survey, published in late July, found that the offline population has been shrinking significantly since 2000, when Pew began collecting data on Internet use. Back then, 48 percent of American adults weren't online. However, in the past couple years, the size of this group hasn't changed too much."
- Public News Service, August 11, 2015; Tougher Pollution Rules Affect Low-Income Neighborhoods Differently
"Since the Clean Air Act of 1970, America's air has gotten cleaner, but the American Lung Association's 2015 State of the Air report finds 44 percent of the nation still lives where air pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe. That's more than 138 million Americans."
- The Washington Post, August 7, 2015: The GOP debate almost completely ignored America’s 45 million poor
"Meanwhile, an entire demographic that encompasses tens of millions of people barely warranted a mention: the poor. The word “poverty” got three mentions, and “poor” snared four more. Few real answers relating to poverty emerged in the course of the debate — and one of them carried wildly inaccurate information."
- The Atlantic, August 9, 2015: The Resurrection of America's Slums
"Half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, the number of Americans living in slums is rising at an extraordinary pace. The number of people living in high-poverty areas—defined as census tracts where 40 percent or more of families have income levels below the federal poverty threshold—nearly doubled between 2000 and 2013, to 13.8 million from 7.2 million, according to a new analysis of census data by Paul Jargowsky, a public-policy professor at Rutgers University-Camden and a fellow at The Century Foundation. That’s the highest number of Americans living in high-poverty neighborhoods ever recorded."
- The Houston Chronicle, August 9, 2015: Low-income families slip through cracks of housing rules
"But the rules, meant to halt the proliferation of neighborhoods along the border lacking in bare living necessities, also have a downside. They have driven up the cost of lots while doing little to alleviate the scarcity of good-quality, affordable housing, according to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas."
- FOX News Latino, August 9, 2015: Report: Latinos enrolled in California's low-income health insurance program face obstacles
"Even though Latinos make up nearly half of California's 12.5 million Medi-Cal enrollees, a report by the independent California HealthCare Foundation found that 36 percent of the Spanish-speaking Medi-Cal population has been told that a physician won't take them, compared to 7 percent of the overall Medi-Cal population. Even those who speak both English and Spanish reported similar difficulty accessing doctors."
- WITF, August 9, 2015: Going it alone: Low-income single moms struggle to find help, escape judgment
"Single moms -- of whom there are at least 318,500 in Pennsylvania alone -- have become a scapegoat for a variety of social problems. Their children are presumed to inevitably face bleak futures simply because they aren't part of a nuclear family. The stereotypical narrative is rooted in a damning Venn diagram that overlaps race, gender, and class. A significant share of single mothers and women of color hold minimum-wage jobs without stable work schedules or sick days. Many come from families without means, so grandparents can't readily step in to help with raising the children."
- Lafayette Journal & Courier, August 8, 2015: Purdue preparing novel way to fund college
"Call it what you will, but Purdue University is rethinking financial aid after the nation’s class of 2015 was named the most indebted in United States history. Purdue Research Foundation announced last week it would seek a partner firm to establish and manage income share agreements — an alternative to federal loans that rack up student debt."
- MassLive, August 7, 2015: UMass receives $632,369 NSF grant to help low-income engineering transfer students
"The University of Massachusetts has received a four-year, $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation that will help pay the costs for low-income students transferring from community colleges to attend the College of Engineering."
- Big Think, August 7, 2015: (Blog) Meet the Nonprofit That Distributes Books by Bicycle to Low-Income Neighborhoods
"Since its start in 2008, Ride for Reading has delivered over 250,000 books to low-income children in 16 states — all from the seats of bicycles."
- CBS Minnesota, August 6, 2015: Program Places Hundreds Of Low-Income Students In Paid Internships
"Over two hundred Minnesota high school students are officially drafted as of Thursday morning. The 233 students have been drafted to work for 55 Twin Cities Corporations as paid interns. These kids are from low-income backgrounds and they now have a huge jump start to their futures. To emphasize the enormity of the event, the ceremony mimicked the NFL draft."
- FOX 2 Now, August 6, 2015: Low-income, rural residents affected by Illinois budget cuts
"Friday is the last day for public transit service in Illinois towns like Waterloo, Red Bud and Sparta. The lack of an Illinois state budget is forcing the Monroe Randolph Transit District to shut its doors indefinitely. The not-for-profit agency serves a predominantly rural population ranging from school children who need transportation from day care to school to seniors who must get to medical appointments. The vehicles can handle wheel chairs."
- The Cap Times, August 6, 2015: (Op-Ed) UW’s HOPE Lab: Low-income college students need free lunch too
"Instituting a college free lunch program, like the one that feeds low-income students in K-12 schools, is one way to help more students access the “great anti-poverty tool” of a college education, UW-Madison’s Wisconsin HOPE Lab said in testimony submitted Wednesday to the National Commission on Hunger."
- Public News Service, August 6, 2015: Federal Health Funding Helps Thousands of Low-income Women in Arizona
"Ending federal funding that benefits Planned Parenthood, county health departments and other health-care providers would directly impact thousands of low-income women in Arizona. That's according to Bryan Howard, CEO with Planned Parenthood Arizona."
- CI News Now, August 5, 2015: Thousands of low income citizens lose utility assistance
"Thousands of local residents who rely on state programs for help with their utility bills are starting to feel the pinch from cutbacks. This Spring, more than 10,000 low income residents were terminated from utility assistance programs administered by Peoria's Community Action Agency."
- MassLive, August 5, 2015: Tax credit increasing for low, middle income families
"The law was the result of a compromise between Baker, a Republican, and legislative leaders that will expand the tax credit and pay for it by delaying the implementation of a corporate tax deduction. The increase was less than what Baker had originally proposed, and Baker said he will continue fighting for an even greater increase."
- KTAR News, August 5, 2015: Low-income families flock to Arizona farmers markets
" Low-income families that qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as S.N.A.P., can get up to $650 a month for a family of four to help pay for groceries. And many of them are spending that money at farmers markets in Arizona."
- Hampshire Review, August 5, 2015: DHHR announces supplemental low-income energy assistance program payment (Subscription Only)
"The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) recently announced a supplemental Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) payment for West Virginia’s elderly residents, disabled residents and low-income families who received a regular LIEAP payment this past winter."
- Slate, August 4, 2015: Bobby Jindal Uses Planned Parenthood Videos to Cut Care to Medicaid Patients
"As expected, Senate Republicans failed in their attempt to cut off contraception and health screening services for Planned Parenthood patients. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal rushed to act, announcing that Medicaid patients who go to Planned Parenthood will not be allowed to go there any more. Planned Parenthood estimates that 4,300 women will be cut off from their current gynecological care because of this."
- Chattanooga Times-Free Press, August 4, 2015: Comcast doubles speed for discounted broadband service to low-income families
"Comcast announced today it is doubling the download speed of its Internet Essentials broadband service for low-income families and will begin providing Wi-Fi service, including a Wi-Fi router, at no additional cost."
- The Springfield News-Leader, August 4, 2015: Roy Blunt slams new power plant emissions limits
"U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is calling a new plan to dramatically cut U.S. power plant emissions a federal overreach. The Republican criticized the final plan unveiled by Democratic President Barack Obama on Monday, adding that it could mean lost jobs for Missouri."
- Capital New York, August 3, 2015: Low-income advocates want more say in energy plan
"Low-income people are being shut out of the state’s process of reforming the energy grid, advocates claim. The state Public Service Commission is in the process of remaking the state’s energy grid to make it more efficient and more reliant on renewables. After low-income advocates raised concerns that simply adding renewable sources could drive up energy bills and shut out poor communities, the state began a separate proceeding to ensure they were included in the years-long process."
- Observer-Reporter, August 3, 2015: At least 1.1 million Pennsylvania homes lack Internet access
"At least 55 million Americans like Emerson lack reliable broadband Internet access at home, an issue that has swiftly moved from a nuisance to an impediment. In Pennsylvania, nearly one quarter of households lack Internet entirely, according to 2013 Census data."
- The News Journal, August 3, 2015: Delaware has head start on White House CO2 plan
"While Delaware has been ahead of most of the country in curbing power plant carbon dioxide emissions blamed for rising global temperatures, new rules announced Monday by President Obama likely will prove tougher and more costly."
- NPR Vermont, August 3, 2015: Low-Income Households Get Reprieve From Looming Benefit Cuts
"More than 800 low-income households have gotten at least a temporary reprieve from reductions in welfare assistance that had been scheduled to take effect this week. Lawyers for the state of Vermont have agreed to postpone the benefit reductions for 60 days while they prepare for a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the proposed cuts."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 2, 2015: Experts debate income, opportunity, fixing success ladder
"Alan Krueger says you can give most of the credit to the financial status of your parents. Mr. Krueger, past chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, put forth that idea in a 2012 speech when he introduced the Great Gatsby curve, a graph that showed that the more inequality there is between the rich and the poor, the harder it is for low-income people to climb up the socioeconomic ladder."
- WSB-TV, August 1, 2015: (Op-Ed) Is optional standardized testing improving diversity on campuses?
"Starting today, standardized test scores wouldn't be required from most undergraduate applicants at George Washington University. The policy is meant to 'broaden access for ... students of color, first-generation students and students from low-income households.'"
- San Francisco Chronicle, July 31, 2015: Unusual pool of local talent trained to fill gap for tech workers
"A San Francisco nonprofit is filling that gap with an unusual pool of local talent — often low-income, disadvantaged and even homeless young adults who have a high school diploma or GED as well as an overcoming-the-odds attitude. It’s a two-fer for society, said Jay Banfield, founding executive director of Year Up Bay Area, the San Francisco chapter of a national organization that helps urban youth develop the skills needed to meet exploding demand in the high-tech job market."
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.