- The Boston Globe, March 3, 2015: Wide support for lifting earned-income credit
"Governor Charlie Baker on Monday proposed doubling the tax credit, and several state legislators on both sides of the aisle have filed bills to increase it — including one that would more than triple the tax break and give Massachusetts the largest state Earned Income Tax Credit in the nation. If the state were to triple the tax credit, joint filers with three or more children could get up to $3,072back from the state,compared with $921 under the current program."
- The CT Mirror, March 3, 2015: (Op-Ed) Gov. Malloy eliminates vital funding for low-income families
"Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies, the state and federally designated antipoverty agencies covering every city and town in Connecticut, are dealing with a devastating cut in Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed FY 2016-2017 biennial budget."
- Tax Justice Blog, March 3, 2015: Mississippi House Passes Bill that Could Tank the Already Poor State's Economy
"Last week, after just two hours of debate, the Mississippi House passed a bill that would phase out the state’s personal income tax. If passed, the bill could gradually eliminate nearly a third of state revenues. Despite the hollow promises of tax-cut advocates, eliminating the income tax would do nothing to improve employment or economic opportunity in the state."
- ValleyCentral.com, March 3, 2015: Free money for low income families given back to Washington
"Millions of dollars in federal grant money left unspent was intended to help Hidalgo County families. However, a large chunk of the money is going back to Washington instead of being used by Hidalgo County citizens and permanent residents making less than $11,000 a year."
- Reno Gazette-Journal, March 3, 2015: $2M grant to aid low-income families in Nevada
"Officials have announced a $2 million federal grant that will pay for low-income housing for 50 families in Nevada. The money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will assist Nevada’s state Housing Division with placing extremely low income people with disabilities in permanent, affordable rental homes."
- NPR, March 2, 2015: Seattle Cuts Public Transportation Fares For Low-Income Commuters
"Yesterday, Seattle began offering some commuters lower fares for public transit based on their income. Individuals making less than $23,340 a year and families of four making less than $47,700 annually now qualify for a program called ORCA LIFT, which will give users rates of $1.50 per ride, less than half of usual peak fares."
- NPR, March 2, 2015: People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health
"When you ask people what impacts health you'll get a lot of different answers: Access to good health care and preventative services, personal behavior, exposure to germs or pollution and stress. But if you dig a little deeper you'll find a clear dividing line, and it boils down to one word: money."
- Slate, March 2, 2015: Why Do Poor Women Have More Abortions?
"Richard Reeves and Joanna Ventor of the Brookings Institution have a new paper out examining the impact income level has on unintended childbearing among single women.* They found that women have about the same amount of sex regardless of class, but poorer women are five times as likely to have unintended births than more affluent women. A huge chunk of the reason, they conclude, is because of the gap in abortion and contraception access."
- NJ.com, March 2, 2015: (Op-Ed) Invest in low-income community schools' energy efficiency
"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. In a world of shrinking budgets and resources, energy-efficiency savings in utility costs could be used for desperately needed funding for additional teachers and school resources. Nowhere is this more important than in our nation's poorest school districts, where the concept of a green, healthy school is rarely a priority."
- Eco RI News, March 2, 2015: Renewable-Energy Incentives Often Escape Low-Income Communities
"Missing from the recent growth of Rhode Island’s solar and wind-energy sectors are renewable projects that serve low-income residents. Of the 100 or so projects built in recent years with state subsidies, only a handful benefit affordable housing and low-income groups."
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 1, 2015: (Op-Ed) Scholarships for early ed mean choice
"Scholarships can be used at school-based programs. But scholarships also can be used at high-quality early-education programs operating out of centers, churches, nonprofit organizations and homes — many of which are located in low-income areas. Scholarships are a both/and solution."
- MLive, March 1, 2015: (Editorial) Here's how we can fight child poverty in West Michigan
"Amid all the fanfare that West Michigan is becoming an increasingly prosperous and attractive place to live, we may sometimes forget it has a serious child poverty problem. More than 35,800 children living in Kent County, the state's fourth largest county, live in poverty. That's 23 percent of all children in the county, and represents a 40-percent increase over a six year span."
- SF Gate, February 28, 2015: Seattle to offer discount transit fares to low-income riders
"On Sunday, the county transit system for the Seattle metropolitan area begins hurtling down a road that few cities have traveled before: pricing tickets based on passengers’ income. The project, which is being closely watched around the nation, gives discounts on public transportation to people whose household income is no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level — for instance, $47,700 or less for a family of four under the 2014 guidelines."
- WSAU, February 27, 2015: Smokers, low-income workers may have to pay more for BadgerCare
"About 150,000 low-income adults in Wisconsin might have to start paying premiums to keep their Badger-Care -- and they might have to pay more if they smoke, or engage in other risky behaviors. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau uncovered those proposals when it analyzed Governor Scott Walker's two-year, $68-billion budget package. It said the governor would need a federal Medicaid waiver to charge premiums for the first time to the lowest-income childless adults on Badger-Care Plus."
- ThinkProgress, February 27, 2015: Poor Women Have The Highest Rates Of Unintended Pregnancy And The Lowest Rates Of Abortion
"A new report from the influential think tank Brookings Institute provides clear evidence that low-income women are being priced out of their ability to control their fertility and plan their family size. According to the paper, women living in poverty are five times more likely than more affluent women to experience an unplanned birth. The researchers note that 'since unintended childbearing is associated with higher rates of poverty, less family stability, and worse outcomes for children, these gaps further entrench inequality.'”
- The Sun-Sentinel, February 27, 2015: The far reaching impact of low income pool dollars
"The potential loss of Low Income Pool dollars, and the lack of a plan to replace this program, will dramatically impact millions of individuals and families who are low income, among the working poor, as well as Medicare and Medicaid recipients throughout Florida. More than 1.1 million patients, who receive their health care from Federally Qualified Health Centers, could be affected most directly."
- The Washington Post, February 26, 2015: Cities are becoming more affluent while poverty is rising in inner suburbs — and that has implications for schools
"The new study is based on an analysis of demographic changes in 66 cities between 1990 and 2012. It comes just months after a surge of headlines about suburban poverty following a Brookings Institution study that found that more Americans are now living in poverty in the suburbs than in rural or urban areas. News of this demographic shift comes as no surprise to suburban school superintendents and school boards. They know their student populations are shifting, and they are wrestling with how to adequately serve the rising number of poor children who come to class with far more needs than their more affluent peers."
- Detroit Free Press, February 26, 2015: (Editorial) School funding should help all poor kids, not just some
"Republican governors like Michigan's Rick Snyder and presidential candidates like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush keep talking about the need to address poverty — a welcomed pivot in a party whose policies tend to pretend poor people either don't matter or got that way on purpose and don't deserve help."
- The Huffington Post, February 26, 2015: (Blog) Looking at Today's Child Poverty Rates: Are We Using the Right Measure?
"Anti-poverty strategies actually have helped to lift families out of poverty. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's new Data Snapshot Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States documents how safety net programs help millions of families meet their children's basic needs. We know that because after a half century of flawed analysis, we now have a better way to measure poverty."
- 4WWL, February 26, 2015: 39 percent of New Orleans children live in poverty
"Thirty-nine percent of New Orleans children live in poverty, according to a new study. That's 17 points higher than the U.S. average and puts Orleans Parish in the top 10 with similar-sized cities. The Data Center, a local non-profit group, analyzed childhood poverty many ways, by single parents, low wage earners and those who use public transit, to name a few."
- Silicon Valley Business Journal, February 26, 2015: California legislator proposes new fees, tax credits for affordable housing
"Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a sweeping affordable housing plan Tuesday that would impose new real estate fees and expand tax credits as a way to house the needy."
- NJ.com, February 26, 2015: $128K grant to fund assistance, career training for low-income residents in 3 Essex towns
"A $128,000 grant will provide emergency services to low-income residents in three Essex County towns. A $128,505.50 County Community Services Block grant has been awarded to the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, an area nonprofit, to assist needy residents in Montclair, Bloomfield, and Belleville, Freeholder Brendan Gill announced in a release this week."
- Silicon Valley Business Journal, February 26, 2015: Is SBA helping the rich get richer and leaving poor business owners behind?
"Is the Small Business Administration helping successful entrepreneurs at the expense of business owners who need its help the most? That's a concern raised by Rep. Nydia Velazquez at a Wednesday hearing on the SBA's budget. Velazquez, the House Small Business Committee's ranking Democrat, questioned why the agency wants to eliminate the Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME), which funds organizations that provide training and technical assistance to low-income business owners who employ five or fewer workers."
- The Atlantic, February 25, 2015: A Tale of Two Pre-Ks
"And the idea was to narrow the achievement gap by removing barriers to early education for families that couldn’t otherwise afford it. Like many policymakers and children’s advocates, including President Obama, de Blasio had concluded that universal prekindergarten—a model known in education circles as UPK—would be key to solving the city’s socioeconomic inequalities."
- The Hill, February 25, 2015: (Blog) Congress should prioritize tax credits for working families, not business
"At the same time, very little attention has been paid to the fate of two tax credits that actually matter to working families: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Congress expanded both credits as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009, but these provisions are set to expire at the end of 2017. "
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, February 25, 2015: Milwaukee Public Schools stands to lose $159 million under House bill
"Milwaukee Public Schools could lose $159 million in federal funds for low-income students over six years if an education bill in the U.S. House of Representatives goes through, according to an analysis by the U.S. Department of Education. House Republicans are attempting to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind law, which the full House could vote on as soon as Friday."
- WNEP, February 25, 2015: Investigation over Sales of Low-Income Housing
"One of the region’s largest construction companies faces questions about how it spent taxpayer dollars. State and federal agencies say the Yoder Group from Turbotville used grant money to build homes for low-income buyers. Authorities believe the company then sold most of those homes to people who don’t qualify as low-income."
- NY1, February 25, 2015: Fit Kids: Program Gives Low Income Moms Tools to Prevent Childhood Obesity
"Mothers with healthy pregnancies enroll in the course during their third trimester. Classes are timed with their child's checkups at the hospital, until age three. They touch on a variety of topics like the importance of breastfeeding, to teaching parents to recognize when their children are full."
- Palm Beach Post, February 25, 2015: (Op-Ed) The far-reaching impact of Low Income Pool (LIP) dollar
"The potential loss of Low Income Pool (LIP) dollars, and the lack of a plan to replace this program, will have a dramatic impact on millions of individuals and families who are low income, among the working poor, as well as Medicare and Medicaid recipients throughout Florida. More than 1.1 million patients, who receive their health care from Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), could be affected most directly."
- The Hill, February 24, 2015: (Op-Ed) Community Reinvestment Act can boost energy-efficiency, funding for low-income schools
"ne in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation’s 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. In a world of shrinking budgets and resources, energy-efficiency savings in utility costs could be used for desperately needed funding for additional teachers and school resources."
- Reuters, February 24, 2015: Rule reversal allows schools to bill Medicaid for services
"Due to an unexpected federal policy reversal sought by advocates for nearly 10 years, schools could start billing Medicaid for health services such as asthma screenings, vaccinations and care for chronic diseases provided to some low-income students."
- The Times-Picayune, February 24, 2015: Mississippi House Speaker Gunn: Let's end our state's personal income tax
"According to state Department of Revenue figures, 37 percent of taxpayers made less than $30,000 in 2012, paying 6.6 percent of Mississippi's personal income taxes. About 3 percent of Mississippi households made more than $200,000 a year, while paying 31 percent of state income taxes. But low-income households pay a much larger share of income in overall taxes in Mississippi. The lowest 20 percent of households, which made less than $15,000 a year in 2012, paid 10.4 percent of income, according to the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy. The top 1 percent, which made more than $306,000 a year, paid 5.3 percent of income."
- The Hill, February 24, 2015: (Op-Ed) GOP health plan would leave many low-income families behind
"The Obama administration announced this week that 11.4 million people signed up for health coverage during the most recent enrollment period, making it ever harder for critics who love to hate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to hate it. Despite its success, the threats against the ACA loom large, both in the form of the upcoming Supreme Court case challenging the subsidies that have made coverage affordable for so many Americans, and also in the recent healthcare proposal released by Senate Republicans. Both would be a significant step back for low-income families."
- The Patriot-News, February 24, 2015: Bill looking to fund additional low-income housing in Pa. gains support
"With strong bipartisan support the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is looking to get the PA Housing Trust Fund Bill on a roll. The PA Housing Trust Fund Bill is looking to expand the market of low-income housing statewide and provide new revenue for the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE)."
- MassLive, February 24, 2015: Mass. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey call for release of additional $34 million in low-income heating assistance funds
"In the face of what seems to be a brutally cold, never-ending New England winter, the two U.S. senators representing Massachusetts in Washington are calling on President Barack Obama's administration to release an additional $34 million in heating assistance money."
- NJ Spotlight, February 24, 2015: Explainer: Children's Health Insurance Program Helps Keep Medical Costs Low
"While many children in low-income families began to get health coverage under the federal Medicaid program in 1965, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1997 increased the number of children with coverage. Eligibility was expanded even further in 2009 through a law signed by President Barack Obama, a year before he signed the broader Affordable Care Act into law."
- The Times Daily, February 24, 2015: Study: State's low-income residents lack rental option
"Alabama lacks about 90,000 homes for low-income Alabamians, and in many counties, the fair market rent rate outpaces the hourly wage of renters. That’s according to the Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama and a report it released today."
- FOX 31 Denver, February 24, 2015: Redevelopment forcing low income residents to move
"She’s among two dozen residents being forced out by the redevelopment of nine square blocks near the old St. Anthony Hospital between Sloan’s Lake and West Colfax Avenue. Residents of the Autumn Arms complex received letters on February 18, saying 'you must vacate your apartment by March 31, 2015.'"
- Cleveland.com, February 23, 2015: New study: Cleveland ranks No. 1 among "large U.S. metros" in income segregation
"Cleveland may be proud of a resurgent downtown and of neighborhoods that boast cultural venues, restaurants and attractive new housing. But it's still a very tough place to grow up and try to get ahead if you're poor."
- WAAYTV, February 23, 2015: Hampton Cove residents voice concerns over low-income apartment complex
"Tempers flared as homeowners in Hampton Cove addressed plans to build a low-income housing apartment in the area. It’s a conversation sparked by WAAY 31’s 'Hometown 2031' project."
- Insurance News Net, February 23, 2015: Is Social Security Hurt By Income Inequality?
"As America recovers from the recession, wealthy households are recovering faster than low-income ones, whose incomes have stagnated or declined since the crash. A new report says that this widening gap is sapping Social Security. Currently, two-thirds of seniors rely on the program for their retirement income. The wage gap may have cost Social Security$1 trillion over the last 30 years, according to a report last week from the Center for American Progress."
- PBS Newshour, February 22, 2015: Bitter cold temperatures push some Americans toward poverty line
"When utility bills become unmanageable, low-income families can turn to a federal program called the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. The program offers utility bill subsidies and provides funds for other services like insulating and sealing up drafty homes and apartments."
- The Chicago Tribune, February 22, 2015: Affordable housing options for low-income seniors
"Most federal housing subsidies go to renters with average incomes of about $11,000 a year, but even those have become very difficult to find because production of low-income senior housing has dropped dramatically in the last few years, said Alayna Waldrum, housing legislative representative for LeadingAge, an association of not-for-profit aging service providers."
- PBS Newshour, February 22, 2015: Millions of low-income households burdened by fuel insecurity
"The average family spends about 2 to 3 percent of their income on home heating. For a low-income family, though, they spend maybe 10 to 15 percent of their income on home heating. And the reason is simple. They just have less money, so that, if you are’s poor, it doesn’t mean you use less energy. You still have a house to heat."
- Deseret News, February 22, 2015: Is growing income inequity hurting Social Security?
"Currently, two-thirds of seniors rely on the program for their retirement income. The wage gap may have cost Social Security $1 trillion over the last 30 years, according to a report last week from the Center for American Progress. And as more Americans reach retirement age, Social Security is set to eat through its funding by 2033, assuming that Congress took no action to bolster it. After that it would only be able to cover 77 percent of its claims."
- The Dallas Morning News, February 21, 2015: (Op-Ed) Crowdfund compassion not enough
"But I’m disturbed that the story has become more about one man than an issue that should be highlighted, which is the lack of public transportation and the inability of many low-income families to earn enough to even own a car. There are so many others out there who are struggling to make it to work, but because their story isn’t extraordinary, they don’t receive the same empathy as the Detroit walker."
- PBS Newshour, February 21, 2015: Heat or hunger? Low-income families struggle to cope with winter weather
"As the brutal winter drags on for parts of the country, many low-income families are struggling to pay their energy bills. In North Carolina, local governments are increasingly partnering with private nonprofit organizations to try to find new ways to help poor families stay warm in the winter."
- WBTV, February 21, 2015: Despite new laws, Carolinas HealthCare is still suing patients
"Despite new state and federal laws aimed at reining in aggressive collection practices, North Carolina's largest hospital system continues to file hundreds of lawsuits each year to collect on unpaid bills. Since 2013, nonprofit Carolinas HealthCare System has filed more than 2,700 bill-collection lawsuits against patients, state records show."
- The Boston Globe, February 20, 2015: Fannie Mae posts $1.3 billion profit in quarter
"The federal agency that regulates Freddie and Fannie took action in December to allow consumers to buy homes with down payments as low as 3 percent, down from the current 5 percent minimum. The new guidelines are meant to make houses more affordable for low-income families and first-time buyers."
- Education World, February 20, 2015: New Report Finds Increase in Low-Income Students Eating School Breakfast
"The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released a study last week that analyzes how many students eat school breakfast nationwide by district and state. The findings show that through the 2103-2014 school year about 11.2 million low-income students ate their breakfast at school, a 320,000 child increase from FRAC’s previous study for the 2012-2013 school year."
- Chicago Daily Herald, February 20, 2015: Protesters fear loss of day-care assistance for low income families
"Elgin's Ivy Academy of Early Learning joined people from across the state at a Springfield rally Thursday to ask the state to rescue a program that helps low-income parents pay for child care. The program has run out of state money. Gov. Bruce Rauner and top lawmakers are negotiating in private how to find $300 million to keep it afloat until July 1."
- The Washington Post, February 19, 2015: No more poverty in North Carolina? UNC panel wants to close school’s poverty center.
"A University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ working group issued a draft report on the university’s institutes and centers this week that recommended shutting down three centers on university campuses, including Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. The center — a non-partisan, interdisciplinary institute designed to study and advocate for proposals, policies and services to mitigate poverty — does not receive funding directly from the state, operates on $120,000 a year and, if closed, will be forced to return private money that had been secured to keep functioning through 2016, its director, Gene Nichols, said in a statement."
- Modern Healthcare, February 19, 2015: Florida scrambles to fill Medicaid budget hole after CMS nixes low-income pool
"The CMS will not renew a Medicaid waiver in Florida expiring at the end of June that provides more than $1 billion a year to help the state's hospitals with uncompensated-care costs for low-income and uninsured patients. That may put additional pressure on Florida Republican leaders to consider expanding Medicaid to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act."
- MLive, February 19, 2015: Poverty rates up sharply for kids in West Michigan
"Ottawa County was tied for first in a state ranking of child well-being, and Kent County came in 26th place. However, both counties saw dramatic increases in the number of children living in poverty, according to the Kids Count in Michigan report by the Michigan League for Public Policy."
- Investor's Business Daily, February 19, 2015: (Op-Ed) Obama EPA Rules Leave Low-Income Americans In The Cold
"The obvious impact of these regulations is the higher electricity costs it will impose on all Americans. The Clean Power Plan is expected to hike electricity rates by up to 17% nationwide — and over 20% in some states. As these costs continue rising and eating into households' disposable income, it will threaten increasingly more families with the prospect of government-imposed energy poverty."
- FOX 2 Now, February 19, 2015: Luxury New York apartment accepts ‘poor door’ applications
"The luxury apartment building in New York City that sparked controversy for its so-called 'poor door' has started accepting applications from low-income renters. The 33-story complex has 219 luxury condos — the cheapest is a 3-bedroom apartment for $3.6 million. But the building also has 55 apartments for rent to low-income tenants, with a studio available for $833 a month."
- The Pioneer Press, February 19, 2015: St. Paul posts 600 summer jobs for low-income youth, others
"The city of St. Paul is hiring some 600 young people for summer jobs through its Right Track program. Applications opened Thursday for entry-level jobs in parks, libraries and the city's nonprofit partners. Most jobs pay $8 per hour and average 15 hours per week."
- Public News Service, February 19, 2015: Breakfast-in-Class Ruling Helps MA Reach More Low-Income Students
"The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education now says instruction provided during the breakfast period can be included in structured learning time, and child nutrition advocates say the decision could turn things around when it comes to reaching low-income children with a healthy breakfast at school."
- The Dallas Morning News, February 18, 2015: Dallas City Council voices concern, ideas on city poverty data
"Dallas City Council members reacted with concern to a report presented during a briefing Wednesday that outlined stark data on the city’s crisis-level poverty and shrinking middle class."
- The Huffington Post, February 18, 2015: (Blog) Painful Lessons About Poverty and Disability
"One of America's crown jewels in enabling people to lift themselves out of poverty, the Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS), which for generations enabled people with disabilities, immigrants and others at-risk, is closing its doors. It has 3,500 employees, 2,000 volunteers, 300 locations and an annual budget of $250 million. FEGS helps more than 12,000 people each day, and as many as 100,000 each year. Now leaders are working around the clock to find other agencies that can complete vital services so that those who are most vulnerable are not harmed."
- Advocate.com, February 18, 2015: REPORT: Trans Americans Four Times More Likely to Live in Poverty
"In one of its most striking findings, MAP and CAP report that trans people are nearly four times more likely to have a yearly household income below $10,000 (15 percent vs. 4 percent of the nontrans population). The numbers go up if a trans individual is a person of color, with Asian American/Pacific Islander and Latino trans folks nearly six times as likely to be living in poverty as their API or Latino cisgender counterparts."
- News & Observer, February 18, 2015: UNC panel recommends eliminating poverty center, two others
"A University of North Carolina Board of Governors panel has recommended the elimination of three university centers, including UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, whose director has been an outspoken critic of the Republican political leadership."
- The Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2015: (Op-Ed) Punishing schools for child poverty doesn't help students
"There is strong evidence that poverty is the major problem in American education: When researchers control for poverty, our performance on international tests is at the top of the world. Poverty means poor diet, inadequate healthcare and lack of access to books."
- MLive, February 17, 2015: Poverty in paradise: Two Michigans gaze across a widening gap
"Three counties ‒ Charlevoix, Emmet and Cheboygan ‒ sit at the tip of Michigan's mitten, looking out on glistening waters, looking in on a restless, largely invisible population still grappling with unsteady wages and the haunting sense that opportunity ‒ at least, for them ‒ has passed. Solutions do not come easily for thousands of such families, as they labor in the shadows of a tourism economy that comes out to play only a few months a year."
- Alaska Public Media, February 17, 2015: Lawsuit Challenges Alaska’s Regulation Restricting Abortions For Low Income Women
"American Civil Liberties Union attorney Brigett Amiri delivered opening statements for the plaintiffs. Amiri said the state’s law puts a burden on the fundamental human right of reproduction, and that it violates equal protection and privacy clauses of the Alaska Constitution."
- NUVO, February 17, 2015: Poverty at root of many problems for Indiana children
"Poverty is among the biggest challenges faced by children in Indiana, according to the results of an annual Indiana Youth Institute summary. Although the economy is rebounding from the recession, the 2015 Kids Count Data Book finds 22 percent of children in the state are living in poverty."
- The New York Times, February 16, 2015: Aid to Needy Often Excludes the Poorest in America
"Assistance to needy Americans has grown at a gallop since the mid-1980s, giving a hand up to the disabled, the working poor and married couples with children. At the same time, though, government aid directed at the nation’s poorest individuals has shrunk."
- The Huffington Post, February 16, 2015: Nearly Half Of Low-Income Kids Don't Eat Breakfast. Here's 1 Way To Fix That
"One in five kids relied on food stamps last year, yet nearly half of low-income children didn’t sit down to the most important meal of the day, according to a recent report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). The organization determined the figures by comparing the number of kids who partook in the free lunch program to those who took advantage of the gratis breakfast option, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture."
- San Jose Mercury News, February 16, 2015: East Palo Alto council to vote on 41-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors
"The East Palo Alto City Council tonight is scheduled to consider approving the construction of 41 affordable housing units for low-income seniors at 2358-2580 University Ave. But first the council will hold a public hearing on the University Avenue Senior Apartments project, which was proposed by the East Palo Alto Community Alliance Neighborhood Development Organization and Mid-Peninsula The Farm Inc. on July 2, 2014."
- The Daily Tarheel, February 16, 2015: Report shows low-income students have stagnant university enrollment
"'One of the main conclusions is that there are great inequalities of peoples’ chances of getting or entering post-secondary (education), where they will go and whether they will get a bachelor’s degree — depending upon their family’s income situation.'"
- CBS San Francisco Bay Area, February 16, 2015: Santa Clara County To Provide 500 Summer Jobs For At-Risk, Low-Income Youth
"Up to 500 paid internships and jobs will be available this summer to at-risk and low-income youth in Santa Clara County, county officials said. The board of supervisors voted unanimously to establish the pilot project last week."
- The New York Times, February 15, 2015: Senate Democrats Lobby for a Reprieve for Some Who Failed to Get Insurance
"In addition, providing extra time for enrollment would increase the number of people who received health insurance subsidies and thus had a personal stake in a Supreme Court case challenging payment of the subsidies in more than 30 states. The White House and its allies said that if the court ruled against the administration, it would cause hardship for many low-income people and chaos in insurance markets around the country. More than eight out of 10 people buying insurance through the public exchanges qualify for financial help."
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune, February 15, 2015: (Editorial) Use early-ed dollars to help low-income students
"The 2015 Legislature has the opportunity to make more progress for preschoolers based on the general — and often bipartisan — support for some of the ideas that have already been introduced. One of those proposals, which calls for state-funded, school-based programs for all 4-year-olds, should be modified. Rather than approving a universal program, lawmakers should fund expansion of the current scholarship program targeted to lower-income students."
- The Atlantic, February 14, 2015: A Grand Compromise: Supporting School Choice Without Savaging Poor Kids
"But it’s time to move beyond this familiar back and forth and entertain a grand compromise in which the federal school-funding policy allows for portability of money only if doing so will reduce what research suggests is one of the biggest impediments to equal educational opportunity: deep levels of economic segregation in American schools. A policy change that takes this reality into consideration could have a significant positive impact on the lives of millions of children."
- San Angelo Standard Times, February 14, 2015: Many unaware of health care penalty exemptions
"In Texas and nearly two dozen other conservative states that chose not to expand their Medicaid coverage under the federal health care overhaul, nonprofit groups and volunteer tax advisers are trying to help people avoid the penalty for not having insurance."
- Asian American Press, February 14. 2015: Sen. Bob Casey: Income inequality has cost Social Security Trust Funds more than $1 Trillion over 30 years
"CAP’s brief outlines how, as a result of the cap on taxable earnings—$118,500 for 2015—Social Security’s funding is tied directly to the full wages that low- and middle-income workers earn—but not to the full wages that higher-earning workers receive. The brief finds that in 2013, the top 1 percent of earners took home nearly the same share of the nation’s total wage income as the entire bottom half of workers. As a result, income has shifted away from workers whose full earnings are subject to payroll taxes and toward high-income workers whose additional dollars are exempt."
- ArsTechnica, February 14, 2015: Comcast gets a merger approval, but objects to new low-income requirements
"California wants Comcast to expand eligibility for this program, offer it throughout the Time Warner Cable territory, double download speeds to 10Mbps, provide free Wi-Fi routers, connect schools and libraries in underserved areas, and sign up at least 45 percent of eligible households within two years. Comcast must submit specific plans for signing up more low-income subscribers, reduce wait times, and make the sign-up process less difficult. Customer advocates complained in July 2014 that only about 11 percent of eligible households in California were getting the discount Internet service because of how difficult it is to sign up."
- KCRG, February 12, 2015: Rent reimbursement cut for hundreds of low-income Iowans
"Hundreds of low-income Iowans will get an unpleasant surprise when they apply for rent reimbursement from the state this year. The Iowa Department of Revenue is reducing 2014 reimbursements to 429 low-income seniors and disabled residents by an average $89 after discovering the agency accidentally overpaid them last year."
- WWLP, February 12, 2015: More funding needed to help low-income families in court
"The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation pairs low-income families with legal representation for civil cases. Supporters and attorneys gathered at the State House Thursday to push for more funding."
- Reboot Illinois, February 12, 2015: Illinois poverty on rise since 2010; four counties at greatest risk, says report
"The number of Illinoisans living in poverty has risen steadily since 2010, with nearly 15 percent of residents living at or below the poverty line, a new report says, the highest mark since 1960."
- Consumerist, February 12, 2015: GEICO Accused Of Discriminating Against Unmarried & Low-Income Drivers
"California law requirers auto insurers in the state to offer minimum-coverage policies to drivers with clean driving records, regardless of factors like gender, employment, marital status, or education. But one consumer advocacy group claims that GEICO isn’t abiding by those rules and is allegedly misleading certain customers into thinking they’re getting the minimum coverage when they are in fact being offered several times more than the minimum."
- USA Today, February 11, 2015: Obamacare subsidies slash costs for low-income consumers
"Lower-income insurance shoppers can slash their share of healthcare costs to an average of $14 in co-payments when they visit their primary care doctors, and the percentage of costs they have to share for emergency room visits can be as low as 19%, according to a report out today from the Kaiser Family Foundation."
- The Seattle Times, February 11, 2015: Discount fares for low-income bus riders will be offered
"Low-income residents can ride King County Metro Transit for only $1.50 starting March 1, but they’ll need to get a discount fare card. Dozens of sites have begun distributing ORCA LIFT, a blue card that riders tap onboard a bus or at a bus station, like the full-price ORCA card."
- Chron.com, February 11, 2015: HISD gets $8.5 million to help low-income students enter elite colleges
"The Houston Independent School District has received an $8.5 million grant to help more low-income students graduate from college, Superintendent Terry Grier announced Wednesday. The funds from Houston Endowment Inc. will enable the district to hire more college counselors and special advisers, rapidly expanding the small but popular program that largely targets students who will be the first in their families to pursue higher education."
- Bay News 9, February 11, 2015: Billion-dollar problem brewing for Medicaid in Florida
"A potential problem is brewing in Florida for Medicaid patients. State lawmakers recently discovered a gaping, billion-dollar hole in the budget to cover those costs. A budget deficit of $1.3 billion will be created if Florida's 'Low Income Pool' program is not extended."
- FierceHealthcare, February 11, 2015: How California providers improved the care experience for low-income patients
"The report found that efforts from the state's comprehensive community health centers and clinics to improve patient satisfaction paid off in a big way: In 2011, 48 percent of patients ranked the quality of their care as 'very good' or 'excellent,' and in 2014 the percentage jumped to 53 percent."
- Brookings, February 11, 2015: (Op-Ed) Challenges Facing Low-Income Individuals and Families
"We long ago concluded that education, work, and marriage are major keys to reducing poverty and increasing economic opportunity. We also emphasize the role of personal responsibility in all three of these vital components of building a path to the American Dream. But government programs to help low-income American parents escape poverty and build opportunity for themselves and their children are also important."
- The Huffington Post, February 10, 2015: (Blog) States Proposing Gas-Tax Hikes Are Ignoring Low-Income Drivers
"A reasonable, fixed-rate gas tax makes sense as a way to pay for infrastructure needs. But the increases that lawmakers are proposing would hurt low- and middle-income families the most."
- Latin Post, February 10, 2015: The Diverse and Multifaceted Households of Low-Income Hispanic Children Living in the US
"Today, one in four children are Hispanic; two-thirds of those children live in low-income households; and one-third live in poverty. And programs and policies established to help low-income families are invalidated by the fact that policy developers don't know who they're targeting."
- News LI, February 10, 2015: Report: New York Sits “Back of the Bus” in Reaching Low-Income Hungry Kids at Schools
"A new report shows 11 million low-income children from around the nation participate, on an average day, in free breakfast programs – but when it comes to reaching hungry kids New York is at the 'back of the bus.' The report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows New York coming in at 40th among states. Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, says there is plenty of room for the state to do better, especially since breakfast programs are paid for with federal funding."
- Statesman Journal, February 10, 2015: Bill would expand accessible child care to low-income
"Members of the House Committee on Human Services and Housing heard from Speaker of the House Tina Kotek about a bill to expand access of employment-related child care to low-income families. HB 2015 would make it so that working families who qualify for subsidy-based child care don't have to worry about losing it for a year if their job or salary changes. It also would make self-employed parents and parents who are enrolled in course work eligible for child care."
- The Patriot-News, February 10, 2015: $24.3M grant to benefit low-income children, families in Pennsylvania
"Programs to help low-income, at-risk families and children in Pennsylvania will get a financial boost over the next four years thanks to a $24.3 million grant from the federal government. The Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning announced Tuesday that it received the grant. The federal grant will be paid to the state over the next four and a half years. The money will be used to increase the number of infants and toddlers receiving services from Early Head Start."
- CBS Minnesota, February 10, 2015: Advocates Aim To Bump Up Grant For Low-Income Families
"Advocates say a grant for low-income Minnesota families should be raised for the first time in nearly three decades. About 30,000 families receive a monthly cash grant for housing and transportation costs through the Minnesota Family Investment Program. Those costs have doubled since the last grant increase in 1986. A family of three still receives about $532 per month."
- The Dallas Morning News, February 9, 2015: (Op-Ed) Supreme Court case could deprive areas of needed low-income housing credits
"We are also stumbling in the race to attract young, educated millennials, ahead of only Detroit. Our average household income has fallen over 25 percent in the last decade, with poverty and inequality increasing exponentially. We now have the highest rate of child poverty among large cities."
- Deseret Morning News, February 9, 2015: (Op-Ed) Ways to address poverty and inequality: a summary of your comments
"In a recent column, I asked readers to write in with ideas about how full employment would influence the debate about inequality in the U.S. Since the column was published, eradicating poverty and trying to address inequality have returned to the spotlight as issues to be discussed during the 2016 election campaigns. Many of you responded to the call for ideas, and we are grateful for your feedback. Here is what you said."
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, February 9, 2015: Access to dental care still a problem for low-income people in Wisconsin
"Most of the visits stem from the limited access to dental care for people who are covered by BadgerCare Plus, the state's largest Medicaid program, or for people who are uninsured. And advocates and dentists alike express little hope that the well-documented and longstanding problem will improve anytime soon."
- NewsWorks, February 9, 2015: Philly Council reviews lack of low-income housing for disabled
"With so many people on waiting lists for affordable housing in Philadelphia, advocates say those waiting for wheelchair-accessible units are getting short shrift."
- California Healthline, February 9, 2015: How Immigration Changes, Proposal for Undocumented Could Affect Medi-Cal
"University of California researchers last week determined there are between 2.7 million and 3.4 million people without health insurance in California -- about 1.5 million of them undocumented. Using back-of-the-envelope math, roughly half the state's uninsured are undocumented and the other half are eligible for coverage and just not enrolled."
- Highlands Today, February 8, 2015: Reports not good for Florida’s ‘safety-net’ hospitals
"In reports released in January by Florida Legal Services, a non-profit organization founded in 1973 to provide civil legal assistance to indigent persons who would not otherwise have the access to a lawyer, the state’s healthcare providers for low-income residents could lose $2 billion a year. The loss would come due to federal funding that is scheduled to end June 30. The funding reduction would particularly impact 'safety-net' hospitals, ones that provide the most charity aid."
- Inforum, February 8, 2015: New preschool scholarship approach helps low-income students in Minn.
"As the Obama administration makes early-childhood education a top domestic priority and most states are expanding preschool for low-income kids, Minnesota is taking a unique approach. It is the first state to make a major investment in a market-based preschool subsidy. So-called 'early-learning scholarships' follow children, whether they enroll in a public school pre-kindergarten or federal Head Start, which the government pays for anyway, or a private center such as New Horizon or home day care that charges fees. The scholarships, essentially pre-kindergarten vouchers, are designed to steer the most at-risk kids into the highest-quality care and reduce the achievement gap at the outset."
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.