- The Christian Science Monitor, December 18, 2014: States tackle question of how to boost college completion rates for low-income students
"Community college students need better guidance and clearer pathways to a degree if significant numbers of low-income students are to graduate with a high-value credential, according to a report, released Thursday by Jobs for the Future (JFF), which, which works to improve college and career training for disadvantaged students. Despite many efforts and investment to boost college degree attainment, community colleges – which educate about 44 percent of the nation’s low-income students – have yet to make a dent in national graduation rates."
- U.S. News & World Report, December 18, 2012: Analyzing Colleges' Graduation Rates for Low-Income Students
"U.S. News has used exclusive data to analyze how successful colleges and universities have been at graduating their low-income students compared with their overall student bodies. This analysis measures the relative graduation rate performance of students who have received Pell Grants, which are federal financial aid awards for low-income families. The Pell Grant program most often serves undergraduates with family incomes of less than $20,000. Measuring the success of low-income college students is a key goal of a federal college rating plan originally outlined by President Barack Obama. However, it's unclear if the government's college ratings will be able to include that measurement, given the current inadequacies of the data collected by the U.S. Department of Education."
- The New Orleans Times-Picayune, December 18, 2014: Kenner charter school makes 'sincere effort' to recruit black and low-income students, wins expansion
"The popular Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy will finally get to expand, after an initial denial and months of tweaked efforts to recruit more African-American and at-risk students. The Jefferson Parish School Board approved the move Wednesday. The charter school may enroll 90 more children for the 2015-16 academic year, adding seats in all grades except third, fourth and eighth. Starting in 2016-17, it may add high school grades."
- FOX 2 St. Louis, December 18, 2014: St. Louis to ease paying traffic tickets for low income residents
"Low income residents have complained to the Ferguson Commission about fines in north county communities and the use of bench warrants and warrant fees . Some report they have been locked up for multiple days for failing to find the money to pay the fines and missing court dates. The jail time has cost them jobs and forced some to miss school and even drop out of college."
- Credit Union Times, December 18, 2014: NCUA Offers Low-Income CUs Grants
"The NCUA said its first round of grants for low-income credit unions will support their efforts to train staff and volunteers and to provide students with internship opportunities. The agency will provide at least $360,000 in funding during the first 2015 grant round. Credit unions may apply on the NCUA’s website Feb. 2 through March 3. In addition, the NCUA said it may provide funds to more than 100 low-income credit unions."
- The Washington Post, December 17, 2014: (Blog) A tremendous number of school children in America still live in poverty
"According to new Census data out today, poverty rates for school-aged children in 2013 were still above their 2007 levels in nearly a third of all counties, many of them clustered around metro areas in California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina."
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 17, 2014: Child poverty grew during recession, especially in the South
"The poverty rate for school-age children increased during and after the Great Recession in nearly a third of counties, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program. Poverty among children age 5 to 17 increased in 928 counties between 2007 and 2013, the research shows. It declined in 15 counties."
- Orlando Sentinel, December 17, 2014: Senate may consider health coverage for low-income Floridians
"Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, left open the possibility Wednesday that his chamber will consider an expansion of health coverage for low-income Floridians. Gardiner described as 'intriguing' a proposal that would accept billions of dollars available under the federal Affordable Care Act and provide coverage through private insurers."
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune, December 17, 2014: Pew Research says wealth gap between middle-income and upper-income families largest on record
"In a new report, Pew Research Center said Wednesday that the gap between the nation's wealthiest households and middle- and low- income earners is the widest it has been since the government began collecting data 30 years ago. Pew, which analyzed Federal Reserve data, said the median wealth of upper-income families was $639,400 in 2013. Middle-income households were worth $96,500, while low-income families were worth $9,300. Pew calculated wealth by adding a family's assets, including homes, cars and businesses, and subtracted it from debts."
- San Jose Mercury News, December 17, 2014: Wish Book: Literacy program gives low-income students the skills to succeed
"Reading Partners now operates in eight states, including California, where 9 out of every 10 fourth-graders from low-income families are reading below grade level. Unless something is done to help them step up to reading proficiency, they are four times less likely than proficient readers to graduate high school on time -- complicating their chances at going to college, and increasing the likelihood that they will have run-ins with the law, studies show."
- The Baltimore Sun, December 16, 2014: (Op-Ed) Preset bail unfair to low-income defendants
"With preset bail, absent defendants do not get the chance to explain or apologize for not showing up. Instead, they're faced with incarceration and the need to find bail money to regain their liberty. Preset bail keeps poor and low-income defendants in jail, typically for non-violent, less serious offenses because they can't afford even small cash outlays. It matters not whether the person voluntarily returns to court or is arrested on the warrant."
- The Huffington Post, December 16, 2014: New Help for Low-Income Renters: Housing Trust Fund Gets Funding
"Low-income Americans in search of rental housing they can afford got an early Christmas present Dec. 11 when it was announced that the National Housing Trust Fund will soon open for business. The federal agency that controls America's two biggest mortgage companies announced that it was opening the spigot on a vast new source of capital for construction of rental housing affordable to low- and moderate-income Americans."
- CBS Denver, December 16, 2014: Denver Low-Income Housing Fund Will Expand Into Surrounding Communities
"An affordable housing fund aimed at providing homes near transit hubs for lower-income residents will expand into the seven-county metro area in the next decade. The $24 million fund, announced Tuesday, will be used primarily to acquire properties and finance loans for developers that build affordable homes along transit corridors in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties."
- The Washington Post, December 15, 2014: The college trap that keeps people poor
"The American economy has stopped working the way it used to for millions of Americans. The path from poverty to the middle class has changed — now, it runs through higher education. In 1965, a typical man whose education stopped after four years of high school earned a salary 15 percent higher than the median male worker. By 2012, a high-school-only grad was earning 20 percent less than the median. The swing has been even more dramatic for women who stopped their education after high school: They earned almost 40 percent more than the median female salary in 1965 and 24 percent less in 2012."
- CNS News, December 15, 2014: 1 in 5 Millennials Live in Poverty, Census Bureau Says
"One in five young adults – ages 18 to 34 years old – live in poverty, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 'More millennials are living in poverty today, and they have lower rates of employment, compared with their counterparts in 1980,' the Census states. 'One in five young adults lives in poverty (13.5 million people), up from one in seven (8.4 million people) in 1980.'"
- MSU Today, December 15, 2014: Partnership to Help Migrant Workers, Low-Income Earners
"MSU Federal Credit Union has partnered with the Telamon Farmworker Individual Development Account Program and the MSU College Assistance Migrant Program to assist migrant students with financial hardships as they complete a post-secondary education. The Telamon Farmworker IDA Program is designed to help low-income individuals create and maintain a savings account to help them develop money management skills and help decrease debts related to a post-secondary education."
- WBFO, December 15, 2014: After-school program provides some low-income families with homework help
"A brand new after-school program focuses on homework and academic assistance. In October, Villa Maria College teamed with the Town of Cheektowaga to being an after-school services program for second graders from the Union East Elementary School and Mary Queen of Angels School. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the program is designed to support children from low-income families."
- Crosscut, December 15, 2014: How income inequality is keeping state coffers low
"This year, income inequality has caught the eye of national economists, including those on Wall Street. More recently, a growing body of local evidence has emerged to suggest that it would behoove state legislators, strapped for cash to fund public education, to take note as well. Two recent Standard and Poor’s reports (here and here) provide evidence that growing inequality creates a drag on the overall economy that dampens job and wage gains and has significantly limited the ability of states to provide essential services. The effect is strongest in sales tax-dependent states."
- NBC News, December 14, 2014: Not Boomerang Kids: These Low-Income Millennials Can't Go Home
"But for many low-income youth such as Freeman, moving home after the recession was out of the question, either because there was never a stable home to return to or because their parents couldn't afford another tenant. Low-income young adults are expected to find work and seize 'any opportunity, any chance to stand on their own two feet,' says Newman."
- The Washington Times, December 14, 2014: Portland urban farm helps low-income families
"But the four-acre farm, which was a working dairy farm until the early 1990s, is much more than a place for urban agriculture. For 15 years, Friends of Zenger Farm has been advocating healthy eating for low-income families throughout Portland, particularly in Lents, where many families struggle to put nutritious food on the table."
- The News-Journal, December 14, 2014: Controversial zoning program targets economic segregation
"County Council on Tuesday passed the controversial zoning rule which requires most residential rezonings to include a percentage of homes priced for 'moderate income' households. The program, known as the traditional neighborhood housing program, will replace the ineffective Workforce Housing program created by the county in 2008."
- New America Media, December 13, 2014: CA Advocates Hope Low-Income Black Elders Ready for New Health Program
"Grissom is among the almost half-million low-income elders and people with disabilities being initially enrolled in the state’s new program, and many have been confused by CMC’s complexities, leaving them uncertain of whether they will be able to remain with their current doctors and other health care providers. If successful, the state would expand the program to 1.1 million people in all 58 counties."
- Chicago Daily Herald, December 13, 2014: Section 8 proposal angers Indianapolis landlords
"Advocates for low-income housing are clashing with Indianapolis landlords over a proposal that would make it illegal to reject tenants solely because they use government subsidies to pay their rent. Opponents tell The Indianapolis Star they fear that requiring landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers could drive some out of business."
- Forbes, December 12, 2014: Why are So Few Low-Income Seniors Enrolling in Managed Care Plans?
"The idea has enormous promise, but relatively few Californians seem willing to participate. And many who have been automatically enrolled are dropping out. The California program, called Cal MediConnect, is a demonstration program aimed at the so-called dual eligibles–people who receive benefits from both Medicaid and Medicare. The goal is to improve health outcomes and save money by managing care for those who are high-risk and high-cost patients."
- Tampa Bay Times, December 12, 2014: (Editorial) Increase aid for low-income students
"A long-running complaint that requirements for Florida's Bright Futures scholarships discriminated against minority high school graduates was closed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights last week, which says it found "no evidence of intentional discrimination." What it did find — "statistically significant disparities, by race, even among otherwise qualified applicants" — should still get lawmakers' attention in a state with a rapidly expanding Hispanic population and where African-American students have been less likely in recent years to enroll in state universities."
- NJ Spotlight, December 12, 2014: Persistent Computer Woes Threaten Food, Health Aid to Low-Income Families
"A botched computer system implementation has led to persistent delays in getting food and healthcare to low-income residents and may cost the state millions of dollars and access to future federal funding. The problem was raised at a legislative hearing yesterday, after a state auditor issued a report criticizing the contract. The commissioner in charge of the program refused to testify, citing ongoing negotiations."
- TechCrunch, December 12, 2014: Ginger.io Launches A Plan To Engage Low-Income Utahns Suffering From Depression
"Behavior health analytics startup Ginger.io has announced the launch of Utah SmartCare, a care management platform designed to help low-income Utah residents suffering from mental health issues."
- PBS Newshour, December 11, 2014: Government may subsidize white potatoes for low-income women, children nutrition program
"It’s another political victory for the popular potato. For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for white potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, known as WIC. The potato provision is part of a massive spending bill Congress is considering before the end of the year."
- NJ Spotlight, December 11, 2014: Federal budget cuts hurt low-income residents who need housing vouchers
"Housing advocates are urging Congress to restore housing vouchers to their pre-sequestration levels to reduce waiting lists and help more New Jerseyans afford a decent place to live. The automatic federal budget cuts that took effect in 2013 led to a loss of almost 1,600 Housing Choice Vouchers in the state, according to Kate Kelly of Monarch Housing Associates. These vouchers are the primary form of federal housing assistance, allowing low-income families, seniors and others to pay for housing that they find in the private market. More than three-quarters of the state's 79 public housing authorities lost vouchers due to sequestration."
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 11, 2014: State treasurer asks for review of subsidized low-income housing in Ferguson area
"While the focus in Ferguson has mainly revolved around law enforcement, Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel asked Thursday for a review of low-income housing policies. 'Of particular concern for residents in the Ferguson areas and surrounding communities is the disproportionately high concentration of low-income housing in North St. Louis County,' Zweifel wrote in a letter to Kip Stetzler, executive director of the Missouri Housing Development Commission."
- Science 2.0, December 11, 2014: Low Income Kids Eat Healthier In School - Let's Not Mess That Up
"A longitudinal study has found that while higher income children eat worse at school, low-income kids eat healthier than at home. While the political controversy rages over federal efforts to manage local school lunch programs, more data on who has actually been helped by the program over time is needed. The results in Preventive Medicine showed that fruit and vegetable intake was higher among low income adolescents on days when they consumed meals at school. The opposite was true for high income adolescents who consumed fewer fruits and vegetables when school was in session, compared to summer months. While in school, all students consumed fruits and vegetables with similar frequency regardless of income level."
- The Daily Caller, December 11, 2014: Taxpayer-Backed Fannie And Freddie Ordered To Subsidize Low-Income Housing
"Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have yet to repay a $188 billion taxpayer bailout, but the Federal Housing and Finance Administration ordered the agencies Thursday to begin diverting some of their profits to low-income housing funds."
- CBS New York, December 11, 2014: De Blasio, Dolan Break Ground On Low-Income Housing For Seniors
"Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan joined forces Thursday to break ground at a new community housing development in the Bronx. The Artsbridge Building in the borough’s Highbridge section will boast 61 apartments for low-income people aged 62 and older, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported."
- PublicCEO, December 10, 2014: How Can Shared Mobility Help Connect Low-Income People to Opportunity?
"In the last decade, bike-share, car-share and ride-share programs have taken off across the country, changing how many Americans navigate the cities in which they live. In many ways, these shared mobility models have emerged as complements to local public transit and as alternatives to private car ownership. They also offer added flexibility and cost savings to their users. Yet, while the number of people participating in shared mobility has steadily grown, low-income people and people of color – those who often face longer and more costly commutes – are not using these services at the same rates as the general population."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 10, 2014: North Hills school district sees more autistic, low income students
"The demographics of North Hills School District have changed over the past six years, with increases in the number of students coming from lower-income families and in the number of students with autism. But students continue to perform well on state assessments, Jeff Taylor, assistant superintendent for curriculum, assessment and special programs, told school board members Dec. 2."
- Albany Times-Union, December 10, 2014: (Op-Ed) A needed assault on poverty
"Despite recent economic indicators that sound encouraging, poverty remains a major problem in the United States. The lower national unemployment rate does not paint the most accurate picture of the millions of Americans who remain below the poverty level, whether working or not."
- Sentinel & Enterprise, December 10, 2014: (Op-Ed) Mass. loses big if low-income students don't succeed
"Across the state, too many of our students are not succeeding in college, while the job market increasingly demands college degrees. Three quarters of the new jobs created by 2020 will require post-high school education, but only 56 percent of Massachusetts public four-year college students graduate from college in six years. That is a mismatch with serious consequences for our students, their families and continued economic growth in our state."
- Piqua Daily Call, December 10, 2014: (Op-Ed) Keeping Ohioans out of poverty
"Ohioans – many of whom work multiple jobs while taking care of their children – deserve tax relief. And workers who lose their jobs or their pensions due to no fault of their own deserve help with health bills. While this makes sense to most Ohioans, too many Members of Congress may disagree. While some legislators don’t hesitate to give tax breaks to large corporations, they stop short of also providing workers with fair tax credits that will keep them out of poverty."
- The Topeka Capital-Journal, December 9, 2014: Kansas low-income students exceed 50% for first time
"For the first time ever, more than half of Kansas’ K-12 students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches based on low family incomes, according to state data released Tuesday. As of last school year, 50.3 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. That compares with 45.6 percent in 2010 and 32.2 percent in 2000."
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, December 9, 2014: (Blog) Low-income apartments planned for downtown's west side
"A former community corrections facility would be sold by Milwaukee County to a nonprofit developer to transform into supportive housing for low-income people, under a proposal endorsed Monday. The five-story building, 1004 N. 10th St., would be sold to Chicago-based Heartland Housing Inc., which would renovate it into 59 one-bedroom and studio apartments."
- The Charlotte Observer, December 9, 2014: Greg Olsen, BofA take the offensive in fighting hunger
"Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and Bank of America employees volunteered Tuesday to distribute food for about 200 families in the area around Druid Hills Academy as part of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina’s mobile food pantry program. Bank of America has partnered with Feeding America to raise support for the hunger relief program Give A Meal."
- Weld for Birmingham, December 9, 2014: Poverty and race
"Another tie between Trafford and Brighton is the high prevalence of poverty within their respective boundaries. In terms of per capita income — $11,002 dollars per year in Brighton and $11,926 in Trafford — they are the two poorest municipalities in Jefferson County. By comparison, per capita incomes are $19,650 in the city of Birmingham, $23,680 statewide and $26,906 in the county as a whole."
- Tucson Weekly, December 8, 2014: New Census Analytics Reveal Poverty in Tucson is Up For Young Adults, But At Least We Aren't Living with Our Parents
"Unfortunately, all of that amounts to Tucson having one of the highest poverty rates for young adults in the country. According to The Atlantic, when compared to other metropolitan areas in the nation, Tucson has the fifth highest poverty rate for that age range at 27.19 percent. The census categorizes poverty rates as the number of young adults whose income in the past 12 months was below the current poverty level, which is about $12,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau."
- The Racine Journal-Times, December 8, 2014: Low-income housing sought Downtown
"A developer is looking to convert and expand the former Zahn’s building on Monument Square mostly into 38 low-income apartments. Developer Todd Hutchinson has proposed a nearly $9 million project for the four-story Zahn’s building at 500 Main St., vacant for more than three decades. The project as proposed would require about $7.2 million in various forms of tax credits for creating low-income housing."
- Tyler Morning Telegraph, December 8, 2014: Conference to explore the costs of poverty
"Poverty and how it can be addressed will be the focus of a Tyler conference this week."
- Newsday, December 8, 2014: Grants will fund 2 LI colleges' outreach to low-income, minority students
"Two Long Island institutions of higher learning are among the recipients of grant money issued Monday by the state to assist and encourage the college enrollment of more low-income, minority and underserved students in the region."
- Virginia News and Politics, December 7, 2014: More than 3,800 state workers paid under federal poverty level
"But as legislators debate, or dismiss, bills such as Sen. Dave Marsden’s Senate Bill 681, which would raise the minimum wage incrementally from its current $7.25 to $10.10 by 2017, they will have to come to grips with yet another disturbing trend in their own fiscal backyard. More than 3,800 state employees — nearly 4 percent of the state workforce — make annual salaries that are below the federal poverty level of $23,850 for a family of four."
- The Charlotte Observer, December 7, 2014: For working poor in North Carolina, income drop creates health care fear
"People who rely on tips, commissions or jobs with variable hours can have a tough time predicting annual income, which is the basis for ACA subsidies. In a recent Federal Reserve survey, almost one-third of Americans said their income fluctuates from month to month. In general, lower income means a higher subsidy. But for those who hover around the poverty line, a slump can put them into the “no help” category in the Carolinas and 21 other states that haven’t expanded Medicaid coverage."
- The Boston Globe, December 6, 2014: First step should be reducing poverty, segregation
"Do high-stakes tests — so-called accountability — reduce test score gaps? A little fact checking is in order. The cities that have been most obsessed with high stakes testing have seen no test score improvements for black, Hispanic, and low-income students. Nationally, the black-white test score gap has been shrinking for decades, but the introduction of high-stakes tests did not improve results."
- Morning Sentinel, December 6, 2014: (Op-Ed) Breaking generational poverty cycle makes life better for thousands
"Welfare dependency cannot be a way of life. Increasing the number of individuals and families on welfare programs should not be a measure of success. We will not sit idly by and tolerate a system that has trapped people in poverty and overlooked blatant fraud and abuse. A dramatic change is long overdue. Maine and the United States must take a holistic approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty."
- Medical Daily, December 6, 2014: Poverty Affects 30% Of Children In US Cities, Negatively Affecting Their Health
"In a new paper released by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a research center at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers found that many children in large cities in the U.S. are living in poverty. Nearly three out of five children in Detroit are poor, a rate that has grown by 10 percent since the Great Recession in 2007."
- The Washington Post, December 5, 2014: The vast majority of poor neighborhoods aren’t gentrifying. They’re stuck in poverty.
"Joe Cortright and Dillon Mahmoudi illustrate this plainly in a new City Observatory analysis tracking the persistence of poverty over the last four decades in the 51 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Back in 1970, there were 1,100 high-poverty Census tracts in the nation's largest cities (these are places where the poverty rate tops 30 percent). By 2010, a mere fraction of those same Census tracts — about 100 of them in all — had poverty rates that had fallen below the national average."
- The Washington Post, December 5, 2014: Do ‘welfare’ recipients get $35,000 in benefits a year?
"It looked at a set of specific circumstances, comparing two families: a single parent working part-time and attending technical college full-time, raising two children, and earning $10,000 a year (which was about half the federal poverty level that year), versus a married couple with two children, with one parent working part-time and attending technical college full-time, and a total income of $50,000. Both family’s children are ages 7 and 3. The study looks at an array of programs the families would be eligible for, including the state medical assistance program, FoodShare (the state’s version of SNAP), WIC (for the 3-year-olds), National School Lunch Program (for the 7-year-olds), housing assistance, federal and state tax credits, federal Pell grant and the Wisconsin higher education grant. The state medical assistance program, BadgerCare Plus, was calculated separately because it depends on the family’s use of medical services."
- PolitFact Wisconsin, December 5, 2014: Alberta Darling says reading proficiency is 8% at 50 low-income and high-minority schools
"High-poverty schools tend to have lower achievement than low-poverty schools. Milwaukee's highest-poverty schools serve racial minorities. Milwaukee's black students post some of the lowest achievement scores nationally among black students nationwide in certain grades and subjects."
- The New York Times, December 4, 2014: New York City Housing Dept. Eases Rule Forcing Low-Income Tenants to Downsize
"New York City housing officials have partly reversed a policy that would have forced thousands of low-income tenants to move to smaller apartments. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development said that participants in the federal Section 8 voucher program who live alone no longer have to downsize to studio apartments if they live in a one-bedroom unit. The change, effective Dec. 1, affects about 3,325 tenants, officials said."
- Health News Florida, December 4, 2014: Middle-Aged, Low Income Fall into 'Gap'
"It’s one of the great ironies of the health overhaul. Floridians most in need of health insurance -- adults below the poverty line -- are often blocked from coverage the Affordable Care Act provides."
- News-Press, Devember 4, 2014: Federal grant helps low-income families get child care
"A federal grant reauthorized last month has the potential to help more Southwest Florida families access subsidized child care. Backed by all but four members of Congress, the $5 billion Child Care Development Block Grant provides financial assistance to help pay for the cost of child care while parents are employed or are in school. The grant, which hadn't been updated since 1996, was reauthorized and signed into law by President Obama on Nov. 19."
- Marketplace, December 4, 2014: Colleges pledge to graduate more low-income students
"Hundreds of college leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. Thursday, armed with ideas to tackle one of higher education’s thorniest issues. Just 1 in 10 people from low-income families has a college degree by age 25, according to the White House, compared to half of people from wealthier families. This is the second summit the Obama Administration has held this year that focuses on getting more low-income kids across the college finish line."
- National Journal, December 3, 2014: Should Schools Provide Child Care for Low-Income Parents?
"This is not your normal child care offering, the kind that fines parents for each minute past 6 p.m. or kicks families out if they have three or more late pickups. This is a program specifically designed to take pressure off low-income parents who are juggling unemployment or several low-paying jobs with erratic hours. These parents can't help their kids with homework and often have difficulty even feeding them."
- The Florida Times-Union, December 3, 2014: Year Up partners with FSCJ to get low-income students into the corporate workplace
"When college students come from a lower-income background, the deck is often stacked against them in graduating to the corporate world. Many simply don’t understand the culture, let alone what to wear in job interviews or in the workplace. A nonprofit program is teaming up with Florida State College at Jacksonville to help create a pipeline for some of those students to corporate America. Year Up, based in Boston and operating in about a dozen cities, will begin the program Jan. 8 with an office at FSCJ’s downtown campus. But efforts are well underway to recruit more businesses to participate in the program."
- The Sacramento Bee, December 3, 2014: Former Berkeley chancellor says tuition increase helps low-income students
"While politically unpopular, increasing tuition at the University of California is necessary to maintain the system’s economic and racial diversity, according to former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau."
- Heartland, December 3, 2014: Low-Income D.C. Students Denied Scholarships Despite Law Giving Them Preference
"Some Washington, DC children are being denied participation in the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which gives students from low-income families scholarships to attend private schools, despite a law giving preference to these students with siblings in the program. The Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, which reauthorized the program in 2011, says students with a sibling already in the program are to be given priority. But that preference is denied for some families.
- WYPR, December 3, 2014: New Baltimore Pre-K Center Targets Low-Income Children
"An early childhood center for children 5-years-old and younger opened in East Baltimore Wednesday. It’s part of an initiative to better prepare that area’s low-income children for school. Located in the 100 block of N. Chester Street, the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center will serve more than 100 children."
- NBC Montana, December 3, 2014: Low-income housing project planned for west side of Bozeman
"Lower income renters will soon have another option of housing. NBC Montana spoke with developers about what they are planning. Bozeman HRDC Chief Operations Officer Heather Grenier said affordable housing is hard to come by in Bozeman."
- New York Magazine, December 2, 2014: Republicans Back to Raising Taxes on the Poor
"Conservative anger at President Obama’s immigration-relief plan was bound to burble up in the form of some kind of demand for revenge. That response has manifested itself, improbably enough, in a fight over tax cuts. Congress has erupted in a kind of sublimated class war that not only pitted the Republicans and Democrats against each other, but also the Democratic Party against itself."
- Forbes, December 2, 2014: Contrary To Reports US Urban Child Poverty Is Not Above 50%; Actually, It Hardly Exists
"Everyone else (as well as using a relative poverty standard, usually below 60% of median earnings adjusted for family size) measures poverty after the effects of the tax and benefits systems on alleviating poverty. So, in my native UK if you’re poor you might get some cash payments (say, unemployment pay), some tax credits, help with your housing costs (housing benefit we call it), reduced property taxes (council tax credit) and so on. Whether you are poor or not is defined as being whether you are still under that poverty level after the effects of all of those attempts to alleviate poverty. In the US things are rather different. It’s an absolute standard of income (set in the 1960s and upgraded only for inflation, not median incomes, since) but it counts only market income plus direct cash transfers to the poor before measuring against that standard."
- The Huffington Post, December 2, 2014: (Blog) Chronic Absenteeism, Poverty and How Community Schools Can Help
"All school leaders know that children have to be in school to learn, but fewer are aware that their school's rate of chronic absenteeism can reveal a wealth of information about the school and the community around it. Our new report Building a Better Picture of Poverty: What Chronic Absenteeism and Risk Load Reveal About NYC's Lowest-Income Elementary Schools, demonstrates that schools with persistently high rates of chronic absenteeism face, on average, a higher burden of community- and school-level risks such as child maltreatment, homelessness and teacher turnover. In this way, chronic absenteeism serves as a powerful warning sign to help identify schools and families with the greatest need."
- Uprising Radio, December 1, 2014: Supreme Court to Decide if Low-Income Americans Will Receive Subsidies Through Obamacare
"At the heart of the case is what may simply be sloppy wording in one sentence of the original bill, which became President Obama’s signature law. Essentially, as now written, the law offers subsidies to low-income Americans who purchase health insurance on a state-run exchange such as Covered California. But, because 36 states opted not to run their own health insurance exchanges, primarily because of Republican governors’ opposition, millions of Americans have bought their plans through the federal health exchange, healthcare.gov."
- Mobi Health News, December 2, 2014: Ginger.io launches mental health initiative for low-income Utah populations
"Ginger.io, a health startup focused on passive data collection through smartphones, has partnered with the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) to launch Utah SmartCare, a care management program that aims to improve patient engagement and health outcomes in low-income Utah populations. Cambia Health Foundation awarded Ginger.io and AUCH a grant for the project."
- Gothamist, December 2, 2014: Google, NYPL Offering Free High-Speed Internet To 10,000 Low-Income Households
"Here's some possibly good news for low-income New Yorkers shafted by the city's uneven free WiFi program—wireless internet will be made available for 10,000 households citywide, thanks in part to a $1M grant from Google. The initiative is part of the New York Public Library's new program, which would allow library patrons and NYC residents to check out portable wireless internet hubs from their local branches. The Sprint-powered hubs are intended for residents who can't afford their own internet, and primarily will be lent to members involved in certain learning programs and ESL courses, along with city residents who don't have a broadband connection at home."
- The Hill, December 1, 2014: Boost the Low Income Housing Tax Credit
"One way to create a more balanced agreement would be to strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) by making permanent the minimum 9 percent rate for new construction and substantial rehabilitation and establishing a permanent, minimum 4 percent rate for the acquisition of affordable housing."
- Hattiesburg American, December 1, 2014: Hunger among the elderly
"Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that runs a network of food banks that help feed more than 37 million people each year, estimates 7 million of that number are elderly residents. Thirty-three percent of Feeding America's client households have at least one member who is age 60 or over, and an estimated 76 percent — or 3.9 million households — are food insecure. Although exact statistics for elderly residents in Mississippi have not been released, the problem is very real in the Magnolia State."
- Phys.Org, December 1, 2014: Child poverty pervasive in large American cities, new report shows
"Years after the end of the Great Recession, child poverty remains widespread in America's largest cities. A paper just released by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a research center based at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, reports that nearly three children in five living in Detroit are poor, according to the most recent Census figures. This rate has grown by 10 percentage points since the onset of the Great Recession in 2007."
- USA Today, November 30, 2014: Virtual library helps low-income schools teach reading
"Thanks to a digital library program being rolled out in local schools, similar electronic books will soon be a click away for tens of thousands of students. Within the next few weeks, the program will be available at about 30 low-income elementary schools and four specialty programs in Brevard."
- The Sun-Sentinel, November 29, 2014: Homeless advocates rally for change in Fort Lauderdale
"Hungry for change, about 100 protested Saturday in front of the downtown federal courthouse against city leaders and their ordinance to restrict outdoor feedings for the homeless."
- Philly.com, November 30, 2014: (Op-Ed) Raising pay, easing hunger (Subscription Required)
"A majority of the 46.5 million Americans who used a food pantry in the Feeding America network last year live in working households; 25 million people, including children, are in working families that relied on food pantries to stave off hunger, according to a new study by Oxfam America and Feeding America."
- San Jose Mercury News, November 29, 2014: The Jungle: San Jose's largest homeless encampment scheduled to close on Thursday
"The encampment alongside Coyote Creek, where between 200 and 300 people live in a trash-strewn tent city, is scheduled to be closed -- once and for all. The city is planning to post 72-hour notices at the site on Monday, and work crews under the direction of the city and the Santa Clara Valley Water District will begin permanently dismantling the makeshift shantytown on Thursday."
- The Daily Press, November 29, 2014: More than half of local kids live in low income families
"Statewide, 48.5 percent of children live in families earning less than 200 percent of the poverty line, but poverty levels vary greatly across the state. In Delta County, 1,234 (55.9 percent) children from birth to age five lived below 200 percent of the poverty line between 2008 and 2012, according to the latest complete American Community Survey data."
- Tuscaloosa News, November 29, 2014: Court to hear arguments on Accountability Act
"The Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the Alabama Accountability Act. The law provides state income tax credits to help low-income parents cover the cost of private school tuition with priority given to families zoned for schools designated as failing. The court could be the final stop in a long battle over whether the Republican-backed 2013 school legislation is legal and if it was properly approved during a tumultuous 2013 night in the Alabama Legislature."
- The Lebanon Democrat, November 29, 2014: Two-generation approach key to success for low-income children
"The quarter-million young children in Tennessee who are growing up in low-income families can succeed in life, but a new report says the best way to get them on the right path requires a focus on both the children and their parents. It’s called a two-generation approach, and the report outlining the method calls for high-quality early education for kids and access to job training, career paths and other tools for parents."
- The Boston Globe, November 28, 2014: One-stop financial centers spreading throughout Eastern Mass.
"When Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen visited Boston in October, she stopped at a Chelsea center where low-income residents boost their job skills, take classes on building their savings, and apply for public benefits, such as food stamps — all under one roof. It was a chance to see how nonprofits were pooling their resources to help struggling families pull themselves out of poverty."
- The Boston Globe, November 28, 2014: Demand soars for affordable housing in Boston area
"Boston and much of the rest of Massachusetts are in the midst of an affordable housing shortage that shows few signs of abating. The rate of new housing production in Massachusetts is among the lowest in the country, with luxury units in the booming downtown and beyond expected to make up the vast majority of new apartments built in Boston in the next three years. One in four renters in the state spend at least half their household income on rent — considerably higher than the one-third recommended by financial specialists."
- Reboot Illinois, November 28, 2014: Illinois school report: backsliding Pre-K, low-income students falling behind; but fix is politically explosive
"The Advance Illinois school report “The State We’re In” has some good news for Illinois school, including gains in high school graduation rates in Chicago. But the report overall is not cause for optimism about the state of Illinois’ elementary and high schools and the preparedness of Illinois students for the job market that awaits them after graduation. Of particular concern is the academic performance of low-income students, whose reading and math proficiency are alarmingly low."
- The Los Angeles Times, November 25, 2014: A look at poverty in America, from the inside
"One little-recognized reality of poverty in America is how closely it lurks beneath the surface of even a successful professional life. A bad career turn, a couple of financial missteps, and -- here comes the dizzying plunge from middle class to underclass."
- U.S. News & World Report, November 25, 2014: Women, Young and Low-Income Americans Don't Feel Safe in Neighborhoods
"As Gallup points out, the insecurity of younger adults and those with lower incomes may relate to the increased likelihood that those groups live in urban areas or in lower-income housing where 'crime may be more prevalent than in more secluded high-income housing.'"
- The Daily Californian, November 25, 2014: (Op-Ed) UC tuition hike will not burden low-income families
"The debate and discussion about the recently approved tuition increases has been marked by misinformation. So, let’s start off by dispensing two myths. The first myth is that tuition increases will hurt students from lower-income families. In fact, low-income families will have better access to UC Berkeley with the tuition increase than they would without it."
- The Chattanoogan, November 25, 2014: Study Shows 60 Percent Of Low-Income Tennesseans Face Civil Legal Problems
"A study commissioned by the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services with the support of the Tennessee Bar Association has found that more than 60 percent of vulnerable Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need. The goal of the study was to examine the effectiveness of delivering legal assistance to those in need. The study showed that only 25 percent of the respondents were aware of resources to help find a lawyer, and even fewer knew where to find free legal services."
- Reboot Illinois, November 25, 2014: Illinois taxes its low-income families more than almost every other state
"Illinois was named one of five states that imposes a state income tax burden of more than $200 on families living at the national poverty level ($23,624 a year in 2013) by the National Center for Children in Poverty, the second-highest in the country. This is in contrast to the federal income tax breaks that are often offered to these same families. The Washington Post points out that this policy might be hurting families’ abilities to grow and move themselves out of poverty."
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 24, 2014: Poverty rates climbing in Georgia schools
"Student poverty in Gwinnett and across the state, has soared over the past decade, freighting classrooms with hungry, tired and sometimes ill-disciplined students. In 2002, when Oakley moved to Gwinnett, 21 percent of the district’s students qualified for free or reduced-price school meals, a common index of poverty. By last year, 55 percent qualified. The suburbs are seeing more of what one local superintendent calls the 'pathologies of poverty,' such as homeless students or those with blurred vision for want of eyeglasses. Students who fall behind can become disruptive, and the wild, unfocused energy can infect a crowded classroom and hinder student achievement."
- The Huffington Post, November 24, 2014: (Blog) Let's Be Smarter About Getting Food to Low-Income People
"Getting smarter about getting food to those in need would have tremendous impact on the 49 million people in the U.S. suffering from food insecurity. Many of these people are also counted among the nearly 47 million renters paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing. And research has shown that when people are affordably housed, they spend an average of $133 more on food every month."
- NBC Charlotte, November 24, 2014: New task force formed to fight poverty in Mecklenburg Co.
"A new task force is being formed a year after a study put Charlotte at the very bottom of a list of 50 big cities in terms of options for people to climb out of poverty. The task force was first proposed by County Commission Chair Trevor Fuller back in January."
- MassLive, November 24, 2014: (Op-Ed) Combating poverty requires innovative partnerships with employers, job training institutions
"However, as indicated in the recent arresting report from Mass. Budget and Policy Center: From Poverty to Opportunity: The Challenge of Building a Great Society, the child poverty rate in Massachusetts has risen significantly from 9 percent in 1970 to 16 percent in 2013. That is a very strong statement on how the war on poverty is going in the Commonwealth. A significant percentage of family units are not functioning strongly enough economically to provide opportunity for the future."
- The Tennessean, November 24, 2014: HOME program a ‘blessing’ for low-income families
"White was one of more than 30 people who attended a public meeting at City Hall in Gallatin on Friday to learn more about the HOME grant, a federally funded program that helps with the preservation and rehabilitation of housing for low income households."
- The Denver Post, November 23, 2014: (Editorial) Can the poor get into top colleges?
"Not every college education is created equal, and it should come as no surprise that Colorado children from the lowest-income families are the least likely to go to the best colleges. Not surprising, but not acceptable, either."
- Rutgers Today, November 23, 2014: Easing the Road for First-Generation, Low-Income and Underprivileged Students
"For more than a decade, Whitney has been doing the same for students who pass through the various SAEE programs now incorporated under one roof in Lucy Stone Hall on the Livingston Campus. Last spring saw the merger of Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science; the EOF programs of the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; the Student Support Services Program; the Ronald E. McNair Program; and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation."
- CBS New York, November 23, 2014: Low-Income Residents Grateful To Find A Home At New Sugar Hill Complex In Harlem
"There were 48,000 applicants for the 124 apartments — about one-fifth of them set aside for the formerly homeless. Downstairs, there are eight classrooms for early-childhood education, and a children’s museum of art and storytelling will open in the spring."
- The Leadership Conference, November 23, 2014: New Report Details Local Progress in Combatting Poverty
"As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the 'Nuns on the Bus' campaign. The report, 'Building Local Momentum for National Change,' examines the energy and progress made on the local level this year in helping to lift Americans out of poverty. But despite growing state and local support for policies that help low-income Americans – like raising the minimum wage – national momentum to combat income inequality remains elusive."
- Atlanta Blackstar, November 21, 2014: Colleges in Kentucky Struggling to Boost Graduation Rates for Black, Low Income Students
"Colleges and universities in Kentucky have failed to meet some major goals to help boost graduation rates among Black and low-income students, leaving officials scrambling to put an end to the education disparities. Kentucky aimed to drastically increase graduate rates for the 2012-2013 school year but the latest accountability report by the Council of Postsecondary Education revealed that the schools just aren’t reaching those goals when it comes to their Black and low-income students."
- The Journal Gazette, November 21, 2014: Preschool grants offered to low-income Hoosier families
"Allen County families who meet certain income requirements can apply for prekindergarten educational grants from Indiana’s Office of Early Education and Out-of-School Learning. The grant would cover the costs of enrolling children in an approved On My Way Pre-K program in public or private schools, licensed child care centers, licensed homes or registered ministries as long as those programs meet the requirements of a state-approved provider, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration."
- Tukwila Reporter, November 21, 2014: Sound Transit to offer low-income fare on Link light rail services
"The Sound Transit Board Thursday approved a new reduced fare for low income riders on Sound Transit's Link light rail services in Seattle. The new low-income fare category aligns with a new low-income fare on King County Metro bus routes."
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.