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  • The Boston Globe, October 30, 2014: Homeless population in Mass. rose 28 percent in past four years
    "The homeless population in Massachusetts increased faster than in any other state in the nation, rising 40 percent since 2007 even as overall homelessness in the country declined, according to a report issued Thursday by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. But less than 4 percent of the homeless in Massachusetts live on the streets — one of the lowest rates in the country. Massachusetts is the only state in the country with a “right to shelter” law that entitles every family to a roof over their heads the day they qualify for emergency housing. As a result, the vast majority of the state’s homeless population are in shelters or transitional housing."
  • Next City, October 30, 2014: App Helps Low-Income Moms Stay Connected to Nutrition
    "Their new app — it’s also their first — QuickWIC, is for people enrolled in WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), which supplements the nutrition of pregnant women, nursing moms, and infants and children up to age five. Rather than focusing on the application process, as Easy Food Stamps does, QuickWIC is geared toward helping mothers already in the program to streamline and maximize WIC’s unique benefits."
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 30, 2014: Scholarships: 2,000 low-income Philly kids to go to nonpublic schools
    " The Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia announced Thursday that 2,000 new, four-year scholarships were available to help low-income city families send their children to nonpublic schools for kindergarten through eighth grade. The scholarships begin with the 2015-16 academic year. Established in 1998, Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia now provides financial aid to 4,500 city children at 185 nonpublic schools."
  • The Hartford Guardian, October 30, 2014: Q&A: Will Congress Save Health Insurance Program for Low-Income Kids?
    "CHIP provides coverage for 8 million children or so throughout the course of the year who would otherwise be uninsured because their parents work and make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford the high cost of private insurance … Before CHIP, the uninsured rate among kids was about 15 percent. Today it’s about 7 percent. It’s essentially cut the uninsured rate among children in half."
  • The Seattle Times, October 29, 2014: Seattle weighs ‘game changer’: millions more to help homeless
    "Under Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed budget, the city would spend more than $35 million on homeless services. Bagshaw wants to dedicate several million additional dollars to help nonprofits and faith institutions (and maybe schools and community centers) shelter homeless people. To her credit, advocates say the idea has potential. But the road between potential and reality runs through Murray’s proposed 2015 and 2016 budget, which is under review by the City Council, and there are diverse views on what should be done."
  • ThinkProgress, October 29, 2014: Pennsylvania May Drop Birth Control Coverage For Thousands Of Low-Income Women
    "As the year draws to a close, women’s health advocates in Pennsylvania are concerned that the governor will allow a family planning program to lapse without ensuring that low-income residents can maintain uninterrupted access to their birth control. An estimated 90,000 women are currently at risk of losing the free reproductive health coverage they get through that special Medicaid program, which is set to expire on December 31."
  • The Daily Tarheel, October 29, 2014: State cuts hurting low-income students
    "A new study found state budget cuts to public universities nationwide have deterred many low- and middle-income students from attending college. The Center for American Progress found that 38 states cut the amount of spending per student during the fiscal period of 2008 to 2012, said Elizabeth Baylor, associate director of postsecondary education at the center. The two- and four-year college attendance rate of low-income students dropped from 55.9 percent in 2008 to 50.9 percent in 2012. The state has cut universities’ funds by about 5 percent, according to the study."
  • MLive, October 29, 2014: Low-income residents say they're getting booted from Detroit's Town Apartments; Colorado company says it's fixing it up
    "The new owners of Town Apartments are converting the building at 1511 1st St. into strictly market-rate units, meaning people like Griffin have to find a new rental that will accept the federal assistance. She has until Friday at 6 p.m. to move out."
  • The Virginian-Pilot, October 29, 2014: (Editorial) Brutal cost of children who are homeless
    "South Hampton Roads' five cities collectively spend an estimated $31 million each year due, in full or in part, to a lack of stable housing for the region's young and vulnerable, according to calculations by ODU's James V. Koch and Gary A. Wagner."
  • Washington City Paper, October 29, 2014: (Blog) How D.C.’s Plan to Save Low-Income Housing Went Wrong
    "Now the New Communities Initiative is in serious trouble, with the biggest news in its 10th year being a city-commissioned report detailing its fundamental failings. The recommendations for reviving the program in the report by Quadel Consulting and Training only magnify the danger. Underneath the measured, wonkish tones is an unmistakable message: New Communities can only be saved by breaking its original promises—those, that is, that haven’t already been broken."
  • International Business Times, October 29, 2014: Hurricane Sandy Anniversary 2014: Two Years After Sandy, Low-Income Jersey Shore Residents Still Suffer
    "It’s been two years since Sandy hit the East Coast and destroyed 37,000 primary residences in New Jersey alone. While the storm proved a golden opportunity for real estate buyers in search of shorefront bargains, the property damage left many middle- and working-class residents in Monmouth County towns like Union Beach struggling to stay afloat. Monmouth was hardest hit by the storm in terms of its impact on residential, commercial and municipal damage, according to the Rutgers University Sandy Hardship Index."
  • The Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2014: Homeless travelers find they're not welcome in tourist-dependent cities
    "Cities have tried numerous strategies to control their unruly behavior, from bombarding them with citations to hiring private security guards and installing cameras on street corners. Cash-strapped communities say they don't have the money to hire more police officers, and some doubt law enforcement is the solution anyway. In Santa Barbara, leaders are particularly concerned about 'aggressive panhandlers' who demand money or food from pedestrians and outdoor cafe patrons — and curse and intimidate those who don't oblige. The City Council on Tuesday voted to hire community service officers to patrol State Street, its main tourist thoroughfare, on foot and intervene when they see aggressive or nuisance behavior."
  • Education Dive, October 28, 2014: Bloomberg-led coalition wants to help low-income students graduate college
    "Bloomberg Philanthropies is leading a coalition of organizations that aims to raise the number of top-performing students from lower-income families who attend colleges with six-year graduation rates of at least 70%."
  • The News and Tribune, October 28, 2014: Low-income housing revamp could help New Albany
    "A plan for a nearly $6 million revitalization of Cross Creek Apartments along Green Valley Road will get more in the way of state tax credits after approval from the New Albany Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday. And a $50,000 commitment from developer Sonny Sprigler, owner of the complex, to improve grounds off-site will give them even more points toward tax credits, which they said will help the city, the neighborhood and themselves."
  • The Republic, October 28, 2014: Effort helps first-generation, low-income students consider college by making applications
    "High school seniors are set to participate in College Application Day. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the event Tuesday tries to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other post-secondary credentials."
  • The New York Times, October 27, 2014: A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College
    "On Tuesday, a handful of institutions will announce an ambitious new effort on this front. Led by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the coalition is setting a specific goal for which it can be held accountable. Today, only about one in three top-performing students from the bottom half of the income distribution attends a college with a high six-year graduation rate (at least 70 percent). Within five years, the Bloomberg coalition wants to raise that to one in every two students."
  • The Times-Picayune, October 27, 2014: Louisiana has cut $459 million in higher ed funding since 2008, report finds
    "Cuts to state funding for higher education in Louisiana rank among the highest in the country since the 2008 recession, according to a revelatory new report by the Center for American Progress, a liberal-leaning public research and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C."
  • Watchdog, October 27, 2014: Low-income students denied scholarships, despite D.C. law giving them preference
    "Some Washington, D.C., children are denied participation in the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which gives students from low-income families scholarships to attend private schools, despite a law that gives students with siblings in the program preference."
  • The Detroit News, October 27, 2014: Michigan colleges look to boost low-income enrollment
    "Young people from low-income families, and first-generation college students, are not necessarily the same as minority students. But like minority students, they are less prevalent on campuses than their wealthier counterparts from well-educated families — and they are rare at the nation's most elite universities, such as the University of Michigan."
  • Roll Call, October 27, 2014: (Op-Ed) For Low-Income Children, Findings Reveal CHIP to Be a Vital Resource
    "Between 1997 and 2012, uninsured rates among low-income children fell from 25 percent to 13 percent despite recession conditions that separated many families from employer-sponsored coverage and left them with fewer resources to purchase coverage on their own. Our findings attribute this persistent decline to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, whose coverage rates among children increased from 41 percent to 63 percent over the same 15-year period."
  • The New York Times, October 26, 2014: A Perfect Fit for Some, but Not Others
    "The way Ms. Turner sees it, the health care law is allowing her to build her earning power by focusing on college instead of continuing to work 40 hours a week in a job where her income had no potential to grow. She plans to transfer into a bachelor’s program next year, she said, and will look for jobs in digital editing or video production."
  • NBC News, October 26, 2014: Police Pay Gap: Many of America's Finest Struggle on Poverty Wages
    "Data obtained by NBC News from 24 municipal police departments in St. Louis County reveal a gulf between police officer pay in poor, majority African-American northern cities and wealthier, whiter cities further south. Average annual patrol officer pay ranges from $23,000 in Hillsdale to nearly $70,000 in Town and County and Des Peres."
  • AlJazeera, October 26, 2014: (Op-Ed) US college students face high debt, shattered dreams
    "By contrast, tuition in the United States at both public and private colleges has risen steeply over the past 10 years. Even worse, private for-profit colleges have proliferated around the country, with enrollment growing by 225 percent from 1998 to 2008. These colleges prey on low-income students, leaving many deep in debt, without a degree, and in low-paying jobs that bear little resemblance to the descriptions in for-profit college’s recruitment pitches and late night television ads."
  • BlackHills Fox, October 26, 2014: Native American, low-income students in South Dakota get a college Jump Start
    "South Dakota has been faced with the challenge of helping Native American and low–income students succeed in college, but now with $3.6 million in federal funds, six South Dakota universities and a tribal college plan to generate momentum for these students through the South Dakota Jump Start Program."
  • The Washington Post, October 25, 2014: D.C. has allowed dozens of affordable-housing loans to languish in default
    "The District government has failed to collect tens of millions of dollars on dozens of delinquent loans, most of them intended to boost the city’s stock of affordable housing, city records show. The typical delinquent loan — among a list of 43 — is more than four years behind on mortgage payments, according to the records. And the number has swelled even as D.C. housing officials did little more than mail warning letters to loan holders. This was true even in cases when organizations and their executives failed to remit a single payment for more than a decade."
  • The News Journal, October 25, 2014: Group brings learning into sharp new focus
    "You can't learn what you can't see. That's the basic principle behind 'Vision to Learn,' a new campaign in Delaware to give low-income students free eye exams and glasses."
  • The News Journal, October 25, 2014: (Op-Ed) Getting more poor kids into college won’t fix inequality
    "f you want to address income inequality, fix higher education. That seems to be the current thinking in Washington, where President Obama has urged college administrators to better serve low-income students. Some colleges have been following that guidance. The University of Chicago has been praised for its new campaign to recruit low-income students – a strategy that reduces the financial paperwork in the admissions process and guarantees low- and middle-income students summer employment while no longer expecting them to work during the academic year."
  • The Root, October 25, 2014: Feds Loosen Financial Requirements for PLUS Loan Applications
    "Big changes are on the way for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students): The U.S. Department of Education is loosening rules for eligibility in a move targeted at making it easier for parents and students to pay for a college education. On Wednesday the department announced and published the final regulations. Among the core adjustments are revised borrower eligibility; a streamlined application for a PLUS Loan, particularly for those with “adverse credit history”; and an updated definition of “adverse credit history,” which had not been adjusted since 1994."
  • The Los Angeles Times, October 24, 2014: Los Angeles housing official to head homeless services agency
    "A city housing official was selected Friday to head the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the city-county agency that manages $70 million a year in federal, state and local funding for shelters, housing and services for the very indigent."
  • CityLab, October 24, 2014: Bike-Share Is (Still) Struggling to Reach Poor People Across North America
    "Bike-share is not only here to stay—it's still getting here. Unfortunately, it's been especially slow to arrive for poor residents. Bike-share has struggled to reach low-income riders despite considerable (and continuing) efforts by leading systems—Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., Hubway in Boston, and B-Cycle in Denver notable among them—and these struggles persist. Until bike-share resolves these income disparities, its development from niche amenity into legitimate form of public transit can't be complete."
  • ABC News, October 24, 2014: Covenant House Sleep-Outs Show What Life Is Like for Homeless, Runaway Youth
    "The organization took its outreach to a different level when it challenged ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez and an estimated 70 employees of Lenox Advisors to a 'sleep-out,' where they spent the entire night outside to give them insight into the experience of so many homeless and runaway youths. Benitez spent the windy, wet night in a sleeping bag and cardboard box."
  • MinnPost, October 24, 2014: St. Paul and Minneapolis firefighters deliver new coats for low-income children
    "Firefighters in St. Paul and Minneapolis have raised money to buy new coats for low-income children in the Twin Cities. The Operation Warm program — which is conducted by firefighters around the country — purchases new, American-made coats, which are personalized and given to children."
  • The Ledger Independent, October 24, 2014: Moreland working to provide low-income housing
    "Representatives from the Moreland Housing Coalition recently told Fleming County Fiscal Court the coalition has received property as a donation that may be converted into low-income housing for the county. Jason Moreland, owner of MHC, which boasts the mission of providing 'adequate, affordable, energy-efficient homes for families in need,' told the court an old store building in Hilltop had been donated to the coalition in order to provide low-income housing to Mason, Fleming and Robertson counties."
  • The Californian, October 23, 2014: Free home repairs offered for low-income residents
    "Monterey County residents qualifying as low income are eligible to apply for needed home repairs for free, according to a local nonprofit group. Rebuilding Together, a Monterey-based nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income homeowners live in safe and healthy homes, is accepting applications for home repairs."
  • The Connection, October 23, 2014: (Op-Ed) Little Development for Low Income Housing
    "Six years after the Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations (ACHSO) compiled a list of needs in the community, the group has met with local leaders to see what progress has been made. In regards to housing and affordable development in Alexandria, the answer is not much. For many low income families in Alexandria, it is difficult or even impossible to find a place to live. Even if someone can find an affordable neighborhood or apartment complex, they are often faced with long waiting lists and low rates of turnover. In 2008, one of the biggest issues on the docket for ACHSO was the increasing need for affordable housing."
  • Cincinnati Community Press, October 23, 2014: Oak Hills students working to fight hunger
    "Oak Hills High School students are raising awareness about hunger and homelessness, and taking action to help those in need in our community. Students are taking part in several projects this month to learn about hunger issues and homelessness and ways they can help."
  • KFox14, October 23, 2014: Loma Verde residents protest low-income housing
    "Residents in a quiet, upscale neighborhood in far east El Paso are speaking out as a developer has already begun building a low-income community near their neighborhood."
  • Times-Herald, October 22, 2014: Low-Income Energy Bill Assistance Available
    "All interested applicants that are 65 and older are asked to contact the service center in their area by telephone starting Nov. 3. No walk-ins. The program will start for the general public Dec. 1 if funding is available. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program will help pay the heating cost for gas, electricity, wood, oil, coal and kerosene. A one-time payment will be primarily by check, issued to the business name on the bill to be credited to the customer’s account."
  •, October 22, 2014: Hundreds wait on line for chance at low-income housing in Hoboken and Weehawken
    "Hundreds of people lined up in Hoboken Wednesday morning, some having stayed overnight, for a chance to get low-income housing in the city and in Weehawken. City police estimated that roughly 800 to 1000 people were waiting outside the Hoboken Elks Club on Wednesday morning to apply for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, a rental assistance program available to certain low-income families. Applied Housing Management Co. on Wednesday opened up its waiting list for housing in privately owned buildings in Weehawken and Hoboken."
  • Jackson County Chronicle, October 22, 2014: Schools honored for work with low-income students
    "Lincoln Elementary and High School and Mindoro Elementary School each received a Wisconsin School of Recognition award – a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction honor that recognizes schools with high poverty rates but exceed achievement benchmarks. Lincoln Elementary and High School each were named 'beating the odds' schools, which are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to similar schools."
  • MI News, October 22, 2014: DHS Offering Weatherizing Program for Low-Income Families
    "As another Michigan winter approaches, the Department of Human Services is encouraging residents to weatherize their homes now to save on heating costs later. The average low-income family in Michigan saves $250 to $450 per year in heating, cooling and electric costs by weatherizing. The DHS offers a Weatherization Assistance Program to local community action agencies and nonprofits. The program is designed to assist households that meet income requirements."
  • Tuscaloosa News, October 22, 2014: Free legal clinic offered for low-income residents of Tuscaloosa County
    "The clinic is open to the more than 40,000 low-income residents of Tuscaloosa County coping with civil legal challenges. The clinic lawyers are experienced in various areas of the law and will be available to answer questions about divorce, custody and visitation, landlord and tenant issues, wills and estates, debts, bankruptcy, foreclosure and domestic violence."
  • Governing, October 21, 2014: Obamacare Signups Lower in Rural Areas
    "A Post-Dispatch analysis of enrollments on, the government’s online health insurance marketplace, shows where the campaign to expand coverage was successful, and where more work needs to be done when enrollment for 2015 begins on Nov. 15. The analysis, which looked at private plan enrollments by zip code in Missouri and Illinois, indicates that urban and suburban areas had higher rates of marketplace sign-ups than rural locations."
  •, October 21, 2014: Union County College, Kean announce partnership to benefit Hispanic and low-income STEM students
    "A new partnership between Union County College and Kean University will work to bolster the success of Hispanic and low-income students in science, engineering, technology and math, with support from a $3.25 million federal grant. Officials from both schools Monday announced the collaborative effort, which creates a joint-admissions program between the two institutions in hopes of improving retention, graduation and transfer rates for a student population they said is underrepresented in the sciences."
  • The Columbian, October 21, 2014: Clark County wage gap has grown since 2002
    "Clark County's economy continues to show some signs of progress, as employers expand payrolls and the jobless rate heads downward. But strong job growth has yet to translate to fatter wallets, according to a new analysis by Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department. The median hourly wage for jobs in Clark County ($20.05 in 2013, adjusted for inflation) has remained flat even as the economy has recovered lost jobs and added more after the end of the Great Recession. Meanwhile, the make-up of jobs in the county significantly shifted from 2007 to 2013, with more than 700 middle-income positions vanishing and with more than 1,000 lower-income jobs going away. (Clark County has seen strong recovery in employment since mid-2013, after experiencing major job losses in the economic crash.)"
  • Tampa Bay Times, October 21, 2014: (Editorial) St. Petersburg expands opportunity for low-income
    "St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, with four City Council members standing with him, announced two modest initiatives Tuesday that could have a huge impact on the pocketbooks and livelihoods of some of the city's lowest-income residents. The city's lowest-paid workers can now make a bit more, and felons will no longer have to immediately identify themselves as such when applying for a city government job. That increases the odds that job applicants will be judged based on their talents, not just their pasts. This is how a city grows best, with opportunity for all."
  • AZ Central, October 21, 2014: Metro Phoenix: Multicultural pockets but also swaths of sameness
    "The economy and public policy are factors that have affected Arizona's Hispanic population — sometimes disproportionately. In the wake of the Great Recession and the subsequent housing-market crash, the metro Phoenix area lost about 300,000 jobs between 2008 and 2011, according to Hart. A large portion of those were lower-income jobs related to construction."
  • The Boston Globe, October 20, 2014: Boston Fed considers ways to bridge income gaps
    "The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has long taken an interest in the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income citizens through ground-breaking research and forward-looking initiatives and, at its first conference devoted to income inequality, the bank demonstrated that it plans to continue. The Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge program, launched last year, could become a model for struggling cities across the country, Eric S. Rosengren, the Boston Fed president, told the conference Saturday. The program challenged officials, nonprofits, and business leaders in midsize Massachusetts cities with poverty rates above the median to collaborate on three-year plan to help transform their neighborhoods."
  • The Atlantic, October 20, 2014: Can Homeless People Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?
    "But one group in Baltimore is pushing to help others do officially what Jeremiah did on the fly: take vacant homes and turn them into permanent affordable housing for the homeless. Housing Our Neighbors, part of the Housing Is A Human Right Roundtable, is made up of labor activists, homeowners, and homeless people. The group is currently surveying the McElderry Park neighborhood in Baltimore in order to present the city with a report on the number of vacant homes there. They say the data will show there are far more vacant homes in Baltimore than the city has previously acknowledged, and they argue that those homes should be turned into affordable housing."
  • The Washington Post, October 20, 2014: (Blog) Which schools spend the most on poor kids?
    " Schools in the Washington region spend wildly different amounts on students per pupil, and districts vary a lot in how much extra they spend on low-income students. While more spending doesn’t guarantee better quality, the discrepancies raise basic questions of fairness."
  • U.S. News & World Report, October 20, 2014: 5.6 Million Youths Out of School, Out of Work
    "In their ​annual Opportunity Index, the national campaign Opportunity Nation and Measure of America found that high school graduation rates are up, more adults are going to college and unemployment has dropped drastically since 2011. But poverty rates across the board ​are essentially unchanged since 2011, and nearly 1 in 7 people between the ages of 16 and 24 are considered disconnected youth, in limbo between school and work."
  • New York Daily News, October 20, 2014: Housing facility for formerly homeless, low-income renters opens in the Bronx
    "Low-income renters and formerly homeless residents will share a newly opened supportive housing complex in Morrisania. City, state and federal agencies piled up $25 million in tax credits and grants to open a housing complex on Franklin Ave. between E. 170th and E. 169th Sts., to be run by the Manhattan-based Lower East Side Service Center."
  • The San Francisco Examiner, October 20, 2014: Thousands of SF public-school students are homeless
    "In San Francisco's public schools, the homeless student population nearly tripled during the past 10 years: 844 in the 2004-05 school year compared to last school year's 2,352, according to data from the San Francisco Unified School District. For the past five school years, more than 2,000 students were registered as homeless, including this year's count of 2,094."
  • Slate, October 20, 2014: (Blog) Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor
    "Educated poor kids are in the exact opposite position. Many attend second- or third-rate (and possibly for-profit) colleges that churn out less-than-useful degrees. And instead of a floor propping them up, their families and friends can act like an anchor pulling them down. A classic example: a college-educated woman who goes home and marries a boyfriend who never made it past high school and has trouble holding down a job. America’s lack of class mobility is still largely a problem of education. As of now, low-income kids have low high-school graduation rates, rarely go to college, and tend not to finish when they do, all of which keeps them out of the middle class."
  • HutchNews, October 20, 2014: (Op-Ed) Sex is a luxury only few can afford
    "Our country apparently doesn't want low-income Americans to have free access to birth control, either by compelling all insurance plans to offer it or by adequately funding public reproductive health programs. In many schools -- predominantly located in low-income, high-teen-pregnancy areas -- we don't even teach kids how contraception works. We also don't want them to have easy access to abortions when they inevitably get pregnant because they're not using birth control, with states such as Texas and Mississippi trying to shutter their few remaining abortion clinics."
  • The Waco Tribune, October 20, 2014: Upward mobility is goal of new Waco low-income housing project
    "Innovations include a job- and career-readiness program run by an Austin-based nonprofit group, Skillpoint Alliance. Armed with a $200,000 annual grant, the group will offer adults up to five weeks of training tailored to the needs of major Waco-area employers. It also will offer camps and programs for youth, including a student-led consulting company that will solve 'real-world problems' for local businesses, Skillpoint executive director Margo Dover said."
  • The Port Arthur News, October 20, 2014: Why poor kids don't stay in college
    "Today, more people than ever are going to college, yet the nation's overall college graduation rate has remained low. Only 59 percent of students who began as freshmen at a four-year college in the fall of 2006 received their diplomas within six years. Meanwhile, the high school completion rate reached a historic high: In 2012, four out of five students graduated high school within four years. College students who come from low-income backgrounds, such as Kellam, 19, see the least chance of college success. They are less likely to begin college, less likely to finish."
  • ACHR News, October 20, 2014: Low-Income Families Go Solar
    "U.S. government agency and White House officials paid a visit to the home of Kiona Mack, a single mother in the economically challenged Ivy City neighborhood in northeast Washington, District of Columbia, joining volunteers, job trainees, and community partners to install solar panels on her home. The project was led by GRID Alternatives, the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer, which is launching its new mid-Atlantic presence with this neighborhood project to install solar energy systems on 10 Habitat for Humanity of Washington D.C. homes."
  • The Daily Californian, October 19, 2014: Report finds grants, scholarships not keeping pace with costs of college
    "A report released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan think tank, found that grants and scholarships have failed to keep up with rising costs of higher education. The total cost of attending college increased as prices for books, fees, room, board and other living expenses rose. The study found that aid to students has not kept pace with these additional costs and that more low-income students may be unable to cover the price of higher education."
  • Omaha Public Radio, October 18, 2014: Insurance to change for some low-income Iowans
    "One of two health insurers providing coverage to low-income Iowa residents through a state program is withdrawing its services. The Iowa Department of Human Services announced Friday that CoOportunity Health will soon no longer be an insurance option for those enrolled the Iowa Health and Wellness Program, the modified Medicaid expansion offered as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul."
  • Long Beach Press-Telegram, October 18, 2014: Long Beach program trains low-income youth in specialized fields
    "For seven years, the Long Beach Community Action Partnership has provided opportunities for low-income youths to receive training in fields such as digital photography and music production. Through the partnership’s Leadership Academy & Mentoring Program (LAMP), middle and high school students study subjects in highly specialized fields in courses taught by industry professionals. Each semester, up to 50 students are accepted into the after-school program, and many of them have gone on to enter careers in arts and entertainment, according to Darick Simpson, the partnership’s executive director."
  • The Huffington Post, October 17, 2014: (Op-Ed) Mayor De Blasio's Bold Move: Putting Low Income Kids and Families First
    "New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the allocation of $130 million in taxpayer funds to repair 35 parks and playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods. This will form the substance of the mayor's 'park equity' plan, an important first step toward recognizing that all kids, especially those growing up in poverty, need access to safe places to play."
  • Kansas City Public Radio, October 17, 2014: Low-Income Property Developer Files Fair Housing Complaint Against Kansas City
    "A Maine-based development company that owns several low-income housing units in Kansas City, Mo., filed a federal fair housing complaint against the city Thursday. The Eagle Point Companies alleges the city and various city officials intentionally discriminated 'against African-Americans who reside and/or who seek to reside in Bainbridge, Georgian Court and Linda Vista Apartments located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri,' according to the complaint."
  • Vox, October 17, 2014: Janet Yellen is concerned about America's low-income children
    "Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke Friday on a key economic issue that Fed Chairs have rarely addressed at length: inequality. Speaking at a Boston Federal Reserve Bank conference, Yellen decried the US's growing inequality, saying it 'greatly concerns her.' The speech touches on a wide range of areas, including affordable higher education, economic mobility, and inheritances."
  • NewsOK, October 18, 2014: (Op-Ed) Low-income advocate: Solar subsidies bring concerns about costs
    "While these subsidies do encourage placement of solar panels, there are greater costs that most bureaucrats don’t consider: Who is ultimately footing the bill? In this case, the money used to help pay for the solar panels comes from taxes and the electricity rates paid by all, including low-income residents."
  • Nation Swell, October 17, 2014: How Texting Can Improve the Health of Babies Born to Low-income Mothers
    "One tool that reaches low-income Americans is Text4Baby, which can help expectant low-income and teenage mothers give birth to healthy babies, writes Jill Duffy for PC Magazine. Text4Baby is a free service that sends pregnant women and new moms text-sized bits of wisdom and advice to support their health and parenting skills. The messages, which are available in either Spanish or English, are also tailored according to the zip code of the mother and the due date of the baby or age of the child."
  • WPTZ, October 17, 2014: Best colleges for low-income students
    "A new list of rankings published by CollegeNet, a higher-education technology company, and Payscale lists the top schools for lower-income students. The 'social mobility index' created by CollegeNet and Payscale highlights schools that do the best job of helping disadvantaged students graduate with the ability to start a career free of crushing levels of debt. Five criteria determine the SMI rankings: tuition, percentage of the student body from low-income households, graduation rate, salaries of grads once they start working, and the size of each school’s endowment. Take a look at the top 10."
  • The Washington Post, October 16, 2014: (Op-Ed) America may never have a draft again. But we’re still punishing low-income men for not registering
    "The odds of this country returning to a draft are almost zero, but the price for failure to register is high and is largely born by the men who can ill afford to pay it: high school dropouts, disconnected inner city residents, ex-offenders and immigrants — legal and unauthorized — who do not know that failure to register can jeopardize citizenship. In other words, those precisely in need of the type of job training, education and citizenship opportunities that could help move them from the margins to the mainstream."
  • The Atlantic, October 16, 2014: A Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students
    "The Cristo Rey Columbus High School is part of the now 28-school network founded in Chicago by Jesuit priest John P. Foley in 1995. The schools are strategically located in cities large enough to have a needy urban population, a supportive local Catholic diocese, and cooperative, deep-pocketed businesses. Columbus, which is an energetic, creative, and generous city, fit the bill perfectly. The mission of the schools, as James Ragland described it, is to break the cycle of poverty through education."
  • ThinkProgress, October 16, 2014: (Op-Ed) San Diego Considers Giving The Homeless One-Way Bus Tickets Out Of Town
    "The Port of San Diego is weighing a new proposal for how to handle its homeless residents: send them somewhere else. Commissioners for the Port of San Diego, a self-supporting public benefit corporation that governs the port area of San Diego, considered a plan on Tuesday to fund one-way bus tickets for homeless people living along the bay. A recent survey found 8,506 homeless people living in San Diego County, nearly half of whom were not in a shelter. An August count found more than 900 homeless people living near the San Diego Bay."
  • Dubuque Telegraph Herald, October 16, 2014: Report: More than half of Illinois students low income
    "The Illinois State Board of Education released statistics showing that more than half of public school students in the state are considered low-income, and for the first time, less than half of public school students are white. The agency said Wednesday that the state’s white public school student population has dropped to 49.9 percent, while its Hispanic population has grown to 24.6 percent. It also said 51.5 percent of all Illinois public school students are considered low-income."
  • KITV4, October 16, 2014: State helps homeless prepare for Tropical Storm Ana Read more:
    "'The big idea of how we ride out storms is we shelter in place, but the idea is you have the structure necessary. But if you're living out on the streets, obviously, you don't have shelter,' Hawaii Coordinator on Homelessness Colin Kippen said. There are thousands of homeless people in Hawaii. State and local officials said they plan to open shelters for them, but that's only half of the battle. The other half is convincing the homeless to leave."
  • The San Luis Obispo Tribune, October 16, 2014: New Arroyo Grande apartments welcome low-income families
    "The apartments are intended for households that earn 30 percent to 60 percent of San Luis Obispo County’s median income, with monthly rents ranging from about $400 to $900. The median income for a family of four is $77,000, county officials said."
  • The Boston Globe, October 15, 2014: With funding low, many legal cases going undefended
    "Massachusetts legal aid organizations turned away nearly two-thirds of people qualifying for civil legal assistance over the last year due to a lack of funding, leaving thousands of low-income residents without representation in cases from domestic violence to foreclosure, according to the findings of a statewide task force to be released Wednesday. More than 30,000 low-income clients were denied legal services in 2013, meaning many were unable to pursue cases or were left to represent themselves in court, where they often lost their cases, according to the 37-page report."
  • The Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2014: (Op-Ed) U.S. must do more to reduce homelessness among female veterans
    "For female veterans, homelessness is an especially dire predicament. They are more likely to be divorced and single parents, sharing this extreme hardship with the most vulnerable in our society — young children. And the majority of VA homeless programs lack congressional authority to provide services to spouses and children of veterans."
  • SFGate, October 15, 2014: Rhode Island to get $24.6M in low-income heat aid
    "Rhode Island is receiving $24.6 million in federal heating assistance for low-income residents. The announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, who said the money is a $3.9 million increase over last year's initial allocation for the program."
  • WUNC, October 15, 2014: 'Too Good To Be True' - Hundreds Of NC Schools Offer Free Meals To All Kids
    "About 650 schools throughout the state are opting into a program to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students. It is part of a new program called Community Eligibility Provision, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The idea is to allow schools with high percentages of low-income children to offer free meals for all, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals."
  • Roxby Downs Sun, October 15, 2014: Smart phone app to help low-income households
    "A new free smart phone app will help low-income households manage cost of living expenses by providing information on programs and services available to them. The app, 'Affordable SA', was developed in conjunction with the Salvation Army for Anti-Poverty Week 2014."
  • Time, October 14, 2014: Poverty the Biggest Factor in Whether Students Go to College
    "Income level is the greatest indicator of whether a high school graduate will attend college, according to a study released Tuesday. The National Student Clearinghouse looked at more than 3.5 million graduates of public high schools over the past several years, and found that high school graduates from schools with more poor people are significantly less likely to attend college than their counterparts at schools with majority middle-to-upper-income level students."
  • The Washington Post, October 14, 2014: D.C. mayor’s plan to close troubled homeless shelter draws questions
    "Gray’s plan calls for leasing or constructing six buildings across the city that would each house up to 50 homeless families. Privately owned buildings would be renovated by landlords and turned over to the city as shelters by fall 2015. Once the smaller shelters are open, the city would demolish the nearly 300-room facility at the former D.C. General Hospital. The plan would come with a price tag of at least $52 million. It is contingent on identifying vacant buildings and charitable landlords willing to provide housing for the city’s poorest families — a hurdle the plan’s critics called too high."
  • PBS Newshour, October 14, 2014: Numbers on homeless students likely too low
    "The numbers marked a grim record for the U.S., which saw a steady surge in homeless students over the last six years fueled by the recession and historic rates of home foreclosures. Yet accurately estimating the number of homeless students can be extremely difficult for school districts and the federal government. According to the latest data, roughly 75 percent of the nation’s homeless youth are living in what’s known as 'doubled-up' situations, meaning they are forced to share temporary housing with friends, relatives or anyone willing to take them in. The students living in this type of housing — which can include motels, trailer parks and campgrounds — are entitled to help from their local schools but do not qualify for assistance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development."
  • Lincoln Journal Star, October 14, 2014: Commission asks Legislature to pick up funding for programs for low-income students
    "Endangered programs providing grants and scholarships to low-income Nebraska students are the focus of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education’s budget priorities. The Access College Early (ACE) grant, which paid for 1,700 qualifying students to earn college credits last year, will lose $285,000 in U.S. Department of Education funding next August. ACE Plus, which provides scholarships to college freshmen and sophomores who successfully completed the ACE program, is set to lose $300,000 in federal funding. Meeting Tuesday, the Coordinating Commission approved asking the Legislature to appropriate a total of $600,000 in state general funds for both programs, as well as increase the funding in both by $100,000 over the next two years."
  • Crossville Chronicle, October 14, 2014: $1.3 million for low income residents' job training
    "The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $1,380,597 to help public housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents throughout Tennessee connect with local services to improve their education and employment and to put them on a path to self-sufficiency. Crossville Housing Authority will received $53,706 for the program. Funded through HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), these grants allow public housing agencies (PHAs) to work with social service agencies, community colleges, businesses, and other local partners to help public housing residents and individuals participating in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program to increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain employment and advance in their current work."
  • The Washington Post, October 13, 2014: Next D.C. mayor will have to act fast on homelessness this winter
    "When the new mayor takes office in January, he or she will probably step into a crisis. An estimated 850 families are projected to be homeless this winter. That’s a 16 percent increase from the year before, when an earlier surge sent city officials scrambling to fulfill their legal obligation to provide shelter when temperatures dip below freezing."
  • Next City, October 13, 2014: L.A. to Spend $213M on High-Tech Help for Homeless
    "Last month, a group of public and private interests, including the L.A. Housing Authority, L.A. County Health Services and the Chamber of Commerce, earmarked $213 million to broaden a computerized system that links the homeless population with necessary services. The local United Way will manage the “coordinated entry system,” and some of the funding will go toward 1,400 vouchers for permanent housing. The remainder will go to hire case workers to ease the transition for participating agencies."
  • The Salt Lake Tribune, October 13, 2014: (Editorial) Utah Republicans starting to take on poverty
    "Utah Republicans, elected at the state and national level, are starting to realize that the poor have always been with us. And that that’s not a good thing. And that the rich and powerful should be doing something about it. Something to break the cycle of poverty, passed down from generation to generation in the same way wealth is inherited in more fortunate families."
  • Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, October 13, 2014: Nonprofit hopes to bring collaborative divorce to low-income couples
    "Since the 1990s, affluent couples who wanted to get divorced without protracted courthouse wrangling have turned to collaborative divorce, a process that employs extra specialists to help work out a split. Now, with the formation of a new nonprofit foundation, proponents of the process are working to provide its benefits to low-income families in Wisconsin for free, or nearly free."
  • The Huffington Post, October 13, 2014: Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College
    "A report released Tuesday by the research branch of the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse, which examined data from more than 3.5 million high school graduates, found that poverty remains a more important indicator of whether a student will go to college than high school demographics or location. Class of 2013 students from low-minority, low-income, suburban and rural schools were the least likely to have enrolled in college by last fall --in the semester immediately following their graduation -- according to the report."
  • The Boston Herald, October 13, 2014: Helping homeless help themselves
    "A year later, Nicholson crowd funded nearly $2,000 for the man, who would be the first candidate for a program he developed to help the homeless get back on their feet, one at a time. They are still in the process of looking for housing, which Nicholson said has been the most difficult task."
  • The Oregonian, October 13, 2014: ABA President calls for reform to meet legal needs of the low-income
    "Only a quarter of the legal needs of America's poor are being met, which has led to a chaotic mess of non-lawyers attempting to represent themselves and clogging the courts in serious legal proceedings like child custody and eviction hearings. William Hubbard, president of the American Bar Association, addressed the resulting 'justice gap,' at a meeting of the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA in Portland over the weekend. Though it's been near the top of the ABA's agenda for a decade, the gap has only gotten worse, he said."
  • The Bismarck Tribune, October 12, 2014: N.D. schools see hike in students deemed homeless
    " As enrollment continues to surge at schools in North Dakota’s oil country, the number of students deemed homeless under federal regulations is also increasing. The spike of homeless students is an effect of the housing shortage in the Bakken area. Students are deemed homeless under federal law when they 'lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.' Students living in motels, hotels, trailer parks and campgrounds are considered homeless."
  • The Washington Post, October 13, 2014: Freshmen from Gettysburg learn about D.C. homeless people by working with them
    "Fee and his students were on their way to D.C. Central Kitchen to help staff members prepare some of the 5,000 meals for the needy. This visit marks the 12th consecutive year that Fee has brought students to Washington from his Pennsylvania school as part of the homeless class. Its aims go well beyond a student service trip. Students work next to homeless people, sleep next to them in shelters and get to know them."
  • The Boston Herald, October 10, 2014: (Op-Ed) Cops fight hunger as well as crime
    "And for almost two years now, they’ve spent their Saturday mornings making sure residents across the B-3 district of Mattapan do not go without the staff of life … or muffins, or coffee rolls, or cookies for their kids."
  • ABC Eyewitness News, October 10, 2014: Thousands of families lose child care subsidies under new budget
    "A change in the way the state determines eligibility for child care subsidies is affecting thousands of low-income families across North Carolina. The new law took effect Oct. 1 after state legislators passed the budget to open up space for disadvantaged children under the age of six on a wait list to get help. However, according to the Fiscal Research Division, the move removed funding for nearly 12,000 school-aged children."
  • CNS News, October 10, 2014: Survey: 1 in 3 Seniors Went Without Medical Care Due to High Energy Prices
    "More than one in three low-income seniors, or 41 percent, has already gone without medical or dental care because of high energy bills, according to a survey included in a newly released report. And things will only get worse for seniors, says the 60 Plus Association, as states scramble to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon-reduction rules."
  • Buffalo Business First, October 10, 2014: State funds new low-income housing projects in Niagara, Cattaraugus
    "Nonprofit service providers in Niagara and Cattaraugus counties will receive nearly $3 million from the state for new supportive housing units for homeless and low-income residents. The funding is part of a $40 million allocation from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s (OTDA) Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP)."
  • Lafayette Journal & Courier, October 10, 2014: Hunger on the rise in local schools
    "In recent years, the demographic shift at public schools in Tippecanoe County has been dramatic. Where the overwhelming majority of families once could pay full price for their child's school meals, most students now come from families at or below the federal poverty level and rely on the federal government's free and reduced meal program."
  • News Observer, October 10, 2014: Challenge to end hunger brings needed results
    "Today, North Carolina ranks among the worst states for food insecurity. According to a 2014 Hunger in America Study, almost 20 percent of children in North Carolina under the age of 18 live in food insecure environments. And of North Carolina households receiving food assistance, 81 percent report that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Part of the problem appears to be getting food to children. In a recent Hunger Research report by the UNC School of Government, 71 percent of eligible children receive free and reduced price school lunch while only 34 percent of eligible children get free and reduced price breakfast."
  • The Boston Globe, October 9, 2014: In Bowdoin-Geneva, hope for the homeless and the neighborhood
    "On Wednesday, Washington’s new home was officially introduced to the neighborhood, which has endured years of violence and privation amid fitful campaigns to spark a renaissance. Pine Street Inn, which runs the residence, hosted an opening celebration. The building, named St. Peter’s, has 32 studio apartments, all but one of which are for homeless men and women. The property is representative of Pine Street’s efforts to shift from focusing on emergency shelter services."
  • The New York Times, October 9, 2014: Policy Change Could Benefit New York’s Landlords and Tenants
    "In a policy shift that could help New York City retain its existing supply of affordable housing, the state will allow owners of hundreds of mixed-income rental buildings to sell most of their apartments as long as they permanently preserve their low-income rentals or increase their number. The new policy guidelines apply to existing rental buildings that participate in government programs offering subsidies such as bond financing and tax breaks to property owners who set 20 percent of apartments aside for low-income households."

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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.