- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 2, 2015: Experts debate income, opportunity, fixing success ladder
"Alan Krueger says you can give most of the credit to the financial status of your parents. Mr. Krueger, past chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, put forth that idea in a 2012 speech when he introduced the Great Gatsby curve, a graph that showed that the more inequality there is between the rich and the poor, the harder it is for low-income people to climb up the socioeconomic ladder."
- WSB-TV, August 1, 2015: Is optional standardized testing improving diversity on campuses?
"Starting today, standardized test scores wouldn't be required from most undergraduate applicants at George Washington University. The policy is meant to 'broaden access for ... students of color, first-generation students and students from low-income households.'"
- San Francisco Chronicle, July 31, 2015: Unusual pool of local talent trained to fill gap for tech workers
"A San Francisco nonprofit is filling that gap with an unusual pool of local talent — often low-income, disadvantaged and even homeless young adults who have a high school diploma or GED as well as an overcoming-the-odds attitude. It’s a two-fer for society, said Jay Banfield, founding executive director of Year Up Bay Area, the San Francisco chapter of a national organization that helps urban youth develop the skills needed to meet exploding demand in the high-tech job market."
- Inside Higher Ed, July 31, 2015: Making Work-Study Work
"Students who participate in federal work-study are more likely to graduate and get a job after college. But those who get the biggest academic benefits from the program -- low-income students at public colleges who would have worked anyhow -- are the least likely to receive the federal grants."
- ABC 7, July 31, 2015: Springfield budget battle impacts federally-funded WIC in Illinois
"Low income mothers who rely on a supplemental nutrition program for their children may get less help because of the state budget crisis. The organization that operates the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Illinois says it will no longer be able to provide crucial services to tens of thousands of women."
- TakePart, July 31, 2015: Putting Low-Income Drivers Behind the Wheel of Electric Cars
"Now a first-of-its-kind E.V. car-sharing program in Los Angeles aims to put the city’s low-income residents—some of whom have to walk a mile to the closest bus stop—behind the wheel of convenient and carbon-free transportation."
- NPR, July 30, 2015: Low-Income Teens Have Best Shot At Getting HPV Vaccine
"When it comes to getting the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, teens below the poverty line are doing better than the rest. Among teenage girls ages 13 to 17 whose total family income was less than the federal poverty level for their family size, 67.2 percent have received the first dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, compared to 57.7 percent for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it's 51.6 percent compared to 39.5 percent."
- THE Journal, July 30, 2015: New Program Rallies Low-Income Students To Compete in STEM Competitions
"To win science research competitions, which often herald college studies and careers in STEM disciplines, students first need to enter. But low-income students may lack the support they need to participate in those activities. Now the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is piloting a new program specifically to recruit advisors who can advocate for those students. In its first year, the program expects to draw between 30 and 50 low-income students."
- Big Island Now, July 30, 2015: $14.2M Awarded to State to Fight Homelessness
"The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a variety of grants totaling $14,252,365 to support the development of affordable workforce housing for low and moderate-income individuals, address homelessness, and to provide housing assistance and supportive services for low income individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS and their families."
- Portland Tribune, July 30, 2015: Big South Waterfront project to mix low-income, market-rate apartments
"Portland city officials have chosen a Bay area affordable-housing specialist to own and run a 365-unit mixed-income apartment project in the South Waterfront community. The $93 million development is expected to bring 203 units of new affordable housing plus 162 market-rate units on the city's 2-acre parcel at 2095 S.W. River Parkway."
- KRON, July 30, 2015: Income inequality in Bay Area exceeds national levels
"A Silicon Valley economic research institute said today that income inequality in the Bay Area is now more severe than in the rest of the nation."
- The New York Times, July 29, 2015: $30 Million Program to Help Low-Income New Yorkers Get Mental Health Care
"New York is set to begin a $30 million program aimed at providing mental health services to low-income residents with little or no access to care. The program, Connections to Care, will tap existing community organizations that reach low-income residents but are not providing mental health services."
- Fort Morgan Times, July 29, 2015: Free meals for low-income students
"This year students from low-income families in the Weldon Valley school district will be eligible for free or reduced-price meals during classes.
- Bangor Daily News, July 29, 2015: Maine gets more funding to help low-income students pay for AP tests
"The Maine Department of Education will receive an additional $60,000 in federal funds to help Maine high schoolers from low-income families afford Advanced Placement tests. Advanced Placement exams give students college credits before they enter a higher education institution, provided the student performs well on the test."
- The Detroit News, July 29, 2015: Advocates seek income-based water bills for Detroiters
"Advocates for an income-based water affordability plan for Detroiters gathered Wednesday to highlight a new initiative in Philadelphia that they claim could serve as a viable model here at home."
- Central Florida Future, July 29, 2015: Low-income UCF students defy national trends
"A recent study shows low-income students have a harder time earning their diplomas — but not at UCF. The National Center for Education Statistics found that students with lower incomes are less likely to graduate from college. However, Director of Institutional Research Patricia Ramsey said low-income UCF students graduate at nearly the same rate as the university average of 68.3 percent."
- FOX News, July 28, 2015: Many immigrants, low-income families fish for their meals, unaware of mercury warnings
"Most fish in the United States contain mercury, but states rarely explain the health dangers to immigrants and low-income people who often rely on catching fish for their daily meals. Studies show up to 10 percent of women of child-bearing age have mercury levels that exceed federal standards. The substance, which occurs naturally in fish and is exacerbated by power plant pollution, can be devastating for the neurological development of children."
- Detroit Free Press, July 28, 2015: Vehicles for Change to help low-income Detroit families
"The Baltimore-based nonprofit, which promotes self-sufficiency for low-income families through independent transportation,selected Detroit as its first expansion location. VFC accepts and repairs donated cars and gives them to prequalified families and individuals for as little as $800."
- Enid News, July 28, 2015: Organizations gather to help low-income seniors
"Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Retired Senior and Volunteer Program of Enid and North Central Oklahoma have teamed to help low-income seniors in the area."
- The News Tribune, July 28, 2015: (Editorial) A pathway to higher ed for low-income students
"It isn’t enough that financial aid for college is available to low-income students. They have to know it’s available. A new study by the nonprofit Urban Institute found that many low-income families aren’t aware of what aid is available, don’t know how to navigate the system and often overestimate how much college costs. But when they are made aware of what aid is available, a world of possibilities can open. And that can provide a powerful incentive for students from poor families to apply themselves to their studies."
- New York Observer, July 28, 2015: Do Low-Income Co-ops Make Sense?
"The program allowed low-income New Yorkers the opportunity to become homeowners and unlike subsidy programs like Section 8, where subsidies must increase to keep pace with a rising market, HDFC apartments remained affordable because of income-ceilings, sales restrictions and tax subsidies that helped keep maintenance costs low."
- The Chicago Tribune, July 27, 2015: ComEd to hold energy fairs to help low-income customers
"Commonwealth Edison will hold energy fairs at satellite locations across the region Monday in order to get money to thousands of people struggling to pay their electricity bills in northern Illinois. The social service agencies that have traditionally administered ComEd's energy assistance programs have shut down pending the budget stalemate in Springfield. As a result, ComEd will open 11 satellite sites to process applications for low-income customers, according to a company announcement."
- The Dallas Morning News, July 27, 2015: With new complex, McKinney hopes to remake its affordable housing landscape
"At Millennium, a new apartment complex in McKinney where 130 of 164 units are reserved for low-income residents, about 5,000 people have applied for a spot. Millennium opened this spring west of U.S. Highway 75. It’s the fruit of a settlement between the city’s housing authority and a nonprofit that said the community was segregating minorities to the east. A similar complex, also on the west side, will come online less than 3 miles down the road."
- YouGov U.S., July 27, 2015: 1 in 4 low income Americans worry technology may put them out of work
"Americans from lower income households are much more likely than wealthier Americans to think that jobs are more important than technology. 62% of people in households with incomes under $40,000 and 52% of people in households with incomes between $40,000 and $80,000 think that protecting jobs should be the main priority. In households with incomes over $80,000, however, 45% think that technological progress is more important than protecting jobs (36%)."
- The Northwest Indiana Times, July 27, 2015: (Op-Ed) Indiana needs strategy to move beyond low-wage quagmire
"Indiana faces an economic development conundrum, and will need a new strategy to solve it. While the state is now down to a 4.9 percent unemployment rate, we also have record numbers of impoverished and low-income Hoosiers. At a time when Indiana is nearly full-up with low-wage work, in order to move our economy forward the state will need an economic development strategy based on growing 'good jobs,' because not just any job will cut it anymore."
- Aspen Daily News, July 27, 2015: Health care ‘hub’ could be solution to access for low-income patients
" The Board of Health recently convened to discuss the lack of doctors in Aspen that accept Medicaid, and look at three potential options to ensure that all valley residents have timely access to a primary care physician. Liz Stark, Pitkin County public health director, said that more than 4,500 of Pitkin County’s 17,000-plus residents live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level — where an individual earns less than $23,500, or a family of four brings in less than $48,500. Many of these residents either rely on Medicaid for health insurance, or have no coverage at all."
- Austin American-Statesman, July 27, 2015: Demographers baffled as percent of region’s low-income students shrinks
"The percentage of students from low-income families in Austin and many of its surrounding school districts has been shrinking since 2011 and took a steeper dive last school year, a change that the experts tracking rapid growth in Central Texas can’t quite explain."
- KPLU, July 27, 2015: Legislation Aims To Protect Low-Income Renters From "Economic Evictions"
"Seattle city officials want to put a stop to a scenario that’s playing out more often in this region’s tight and competitive housing market. It goes like this: landlords issue a staggering rent hike, tenants move out and not to long after that, the building undergoes a big remodel. It’s called an 'economic eviction.' This is how landlords avoid the responsibility of paying about $1500 to low-income tenants to help them find a new home."
- The New Orleans Times-Picayune, July 26, 2015: Bernie Sanders pitches Louisiana Dems on his presidential bid
"'The idea that that the Democratic party has essentially conceded half of the states in this country to conservative Republicans who do not represent the interests of their working people and their low income people is beyond my comprehension.'"
- Patch.com, July 26, 2015: Rent Unaffordable for Average Worker in MA
"The problem is that while jobs have increased, wages have not, forcing roughly 21 million working Americans to scrape by on a near minimum wage salary, according to the Pew Research Center. At the same time, rents keep rising because the demand for rental units has increased across the country as the home ownership rate has dropped to its lowest point since 1989. The result is that people are being priced out of the rental market, and it’s worse in Massachusetts than most parts of the country, according to The Atlantic’s City Lab."
- Marin Independent Journal, July 26, 2015: Marin activists seek support in campaign against child poverty
"Children participating in the Hannah Project’s 'Freedom School' in Marin City this summer are being taught that poverty is not a fact of life that must be grudgingly accepted, but an injustice that must be corrected. The Freedom School, a summer enrichment program at the Hannah Project, was created by the Washington D.C.-based Children’s Defense Fund to encourage reading and to build leadership skills."
- The Louisville Courier-Journal, July 26, 2015: Louisville looks east to add affordable housing
"The Louisville Metro Council is poised to take action on changes to the city’s land code Monday that would provide incentives for private developers to construct more affordable housing so low-income units are not concentrated in western and southwestern Louisville."
- The News-Press, July 25, 2015: Florida lawmakers should fight for affordable energy
"With the Environmental Protection Agency set to finalize its 'Clean Power Plan' regulation next month, a key question looms: How will higher energy prices affect working families? This is especially important in a state like Florida, which is home to 4.3 million Hispanics — one of many underserved communities vulnerable to rising energy costs."
- The Atlantic CityLab, July 24, 2015: The Uphill Battle to Get Solar Into D.C.'s Low-Income Households
"The demand from households (and businesses) that want to generate their own electricity from renewable energy sources is rising rapidly. Correspondingly, the costs of acquiring solar equipment to meet that demand have dropped considerably. But solar costs are still out of reach for low-wage earners, and it’s even more difficult to access solar if you rent or live in public housing. To address that problem, community solar programs have been established across the country that allow non-homeowners to subscribe to a solar array system. The White House’s announcement earlier this month dealt mostly with bolstering and expanding the community solar network."
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 24, 2015: UGA awarded $1.1M grant to help disadvantaged students
"The University of Georgia has received a $1.1 million federal grant to help first-generation and low-income students on its campus. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services program that provides services to students from disadvantaged backgrounds at colleges across the country, and will be distributed over the next five years."
- PsychCentral, July 24, 2015: Many Low-Income Schools Opt for Punishments Over Interventions
"Low-income schools with high minority student populations tend to opt for severe punishments over medical or psychological interventions when dealing with behavioral problems, according to a new study by a sociologist at Pennsylvania State."
- VT Digger, July 23, 2015: Vermont legal aid suit aims to halt cuts to low-income benefits
"Vermont Legal Aid filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday seeking to halt implementation of a $125 reduction in the monthly Reach Up benefit for hundreds of Vermont families."
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 23, 2015: (Op-Ed) Efforts to feed thousands of low-income children barely make a dent in child hunger
"More than 1.1 million children in Missouri and Illinois qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. But when school’s out, the vast majority of them go hungry."
- Fast Company, July 23, 2015: Why Cities Need More Technology To Improve Low-Income Citizens' Lives
"This task has grown more complex as the rate of poverty and inequality in cities has increased along with population. Around the world, large cities are more unequal than their country’s population on average. Income inequality has increased in 94 of the United States’ 100 biggest metropolitan areas since 1994."
- Portland Tribune, July 23, 2015: State approves free lunch for low-income students
"Advocates declared victory at the Oregon Legislature’s recent passage of House Bill 2545, which eliminates the co-pay for reduced price lunches statewide starting this fall. The change affects more than 30,000 students statewide whose families live on the brink of poverty."
- U.S. News & World Report, July 22, 2015: Working Hard at Your Summer Job May Cut Your Financial Aid
"But there's a potential downside to that college job. Just like parental income, student earnings may boost expected family contribution, a figure which represents what a family is expected to pay for one year of college. And students who over-earn may see a chunk of need-based aid removed from the next year's financial aid package."
- Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 22, 2015: Fort Snelling's landmark Upper Post to be turned into affordable housing
"A massive $100 million redevelopment proposal is expected to transform Fort Snelling’s historic military buildings into 190 apartments for low-income families in the area near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials announced the landmark proposal Wednesday, saying it will overhaul and preserve the Fort Snelling Upper Post."
- CT News Junkie, July 22, 2015: Study Shows Economic Recovery Is Leaving Low-Income Families Behind
"Data released Tuesday by one of the nation’s leading children’s charities reveals that economic recovery is lagging among the lowest income families and, especially in Connecticut, has left behind a disproportionate number of minority children."
- The Gazette, July 22, 2015: ACT report: College readiness remains flat among low-income students
"The percentage of low-income students who met college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT exam last year remained flat from the year before, according to a report released this week by ACT Inc. and a national education group."
- Education Week, July 21, 2015: Low-Income Students Continue to Lag on College Readiness Measures
"A new report from ACT, Inc. shows that 96 percent of its low-income test-takers plan to go to college, yet most are not prepared to succeed at college-level work."
- The Seattle Times, July 21, 2015: Report: Many low-income families don’t take advantage of financial aid
"A new report about college-going nationwide underscores how much financial aid is available to low-income families, yet shows that many do not take advantage of it. According to the report by the Urban Institute, 'low-income, first-generation and minority families are particularly vulnerable to misconceptions concerning college costs.' If these families were made more aware of how feasible it is to go to college, they might be more likely to go, according to the report."
- The Shreveport Times, July 21, 2015: Louisiana is at the bottom of another list
"And according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Tuesday, a higher percentage of children live in poverty now than did during the Great Recession. About 22 percent of U.S. children lived below the poverty line in 2013, compared with 18 percent in 2008, the foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Data Book reported. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Human and Health Service’s official poverty line was $23,624 for a family with two adults and two children."
- Clean Energy, July 21, 2015: (Blog) White House Has Plans to Help Low-Income Communities Gain Access to Solar
"In early July, the White House unveiled a new plan to help cut energy costs for low- and middle-income families. The new program would make it easier for people who lack startup capital, or who rent rather than own their homes, to invest in solar."
- The Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2015: New York’s Struggling ‘Low-Income’ Co-ops
"While many of these limited-income co-ops have been successful, nearly a third are struggling to pay tax bills, which is a sign of poor overall financial health, according to data provided by the city’s Independent Budget Office. The city has about 1,000 limited-income co-ops, which over the past five years have accounted for nearly half of all delinquent tax payments from the city’s more than 4,800 co-ops."
- LA School Report, July 20, 2015: Report: More-low income kids take ACT, but results are stagnant
"More low-income students than ever took the test in 2014, according to the report, and a high level of them expressed a plan to attend college. But the bad news: performance by low-income students on the test remained stagnant for a fifth straight year."
- TakePart, July 20, 2015: A Green Neighborhood Watch Targets Polluters in Low-Income Communities
"A high-tech program that lets residents of low-income communities in California upload photos, videos, and other information catching polluters in the act should be expanded across the state, according to a new report."
- NBC News, July 19, 2015: Free College? The Idea May Not Be All It's Cracked Up to Be
"According to a Gallup Poll of millennials, college affordability is the top financial concern, and with good reason: The class of 2015 graduated with an average of $35,051 in debt, an all-time high. Underscoring the sense of urgency, 70 percent of graduating students leave college with debt."
- The Gazette, July 19, 2015: Report: Housing cost taking bigger chunk of people's income
"The number of Iowans spending high percentages of their income on housing has grown significantly during the last 20 years, according to a June report by the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center."
- NJ Spotlight, July 19, 2015: Program's been changing lives of low-income college students for nearly 50 years
"The Educational Opportunity Fund, the state’s nearly half-century-old program providing both personal support and financial aid for low-income students entering college, rarely gets a shout-out – especially when it actually sees a funding increase."
- Forbes, July 18, 2015: Child Care Elusive For Non-Traditional Workforce
"For the 30 percent of low-income women working off-hours — like nightshifts, weekends and irregular schedules that change from week to week — traditional child care is hard to secure, according to a new study from the Urban Institute."
- Forbes, July 17, 2015: Will Prizes Get More Low-Income People To Save?
"More specifically, what can be done to encourage more low- and middle-income people to save? I don’t mean just for retirement, either. I mean emergency savings for urgent, steep, unforeseen expenses, too: 25% of Americans have no emergency savings and 67% have a rainy day fund equal to less than six months’ expenses, according to Bankrate.com."
- MLive, July 17, 2015: Minority grad rate attracts low-income Chicago school scholarship program to GVSU
"Low-income students from one Chicago high school will have an easier time paying for college should they choose to attend Grand Valley State University. GVSU was recently selected as one of 16 colleges participating in the Phoenix Pact, a scholarship program for students at North Lawndale College Preparatory High School in Chicago."
- ABC 6, July 16, 2015: Philadelphia & Camden part of Obama plan to bring internet to low-income households
"Calling the Internet a 21st century necessity, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a program to bring faster Internet connections to more low-income households, particularly to help students living in public and assisted housing stay ahead in school."
- MyCentralJersey.com, July 16, 2015: Grants to help low-income, first-generation students
"The purpose of program is to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation and disabled college students to increase retention and graduation rates, according to a statement."
- IGN, July 16, 2015: Google to offer free internet to low-income US households
"Google will soon be offering free Internet to selected Housing and Urban Development assisted properties across the United States."
- AL.com, July 16, 2015: Free counseling to help low-income Birmingham residents cut debt, improve credit
"Birmingham residents with financial woes will get help making budgets and reducing debt through city-led initiatives. Mayor William Bell announced Thursday that the city had received a $150,000 in-kind grant through the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund."
- USA Today, July 15, 2015: Starbucks to open stores in Ferguson, low-income neighborhoods
"Starbucks officials say they will open 15 new locations in low income and predominantly minority neighborhoods, including a store near the epicenter of last year's unrest in Ferguson, Mo., as part of an effort to broaden the coffee company's footprint in urban areas where they have set a goal of spurring job growth."
- The Boston Globe, July 15, 2015: 10,000 low-income Boston households to get high-speed Internet
"About 10,000 low-income Boston households will gain access to high-speed Internet service as part of a presidential pilot program announced Wednesday. Boston was one of 27 cities selected to take part in ConnectHome, a national effort to link up people in public housing with broadband service."
- The Washington Post, July 15, 2015: Obama announces pilot program to expand broadband to low-income households
"President Obama announced a pilot program to bring broadband to low-income households in public housing on Wednesday, attempting to close a gap that leaves many without high-speed Internet. The plan, called ConnectHome, will launch in 27 cities nationwide and is expected to reach 275,000 public-housing households, including 200,000 children. The program will also come to the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, where Obama spoke here Wednesday."
- MassLive, July 15, 2015: Springfield chosen for national pilot program to boost low-income Internet access
"President Barack Obama is set to announce on Wednesday that Springfield and Boston are two of 27 cities nationwide selected for a pilot program to boost Internet access for low-income households. Obama will announce the new program, called ConnectHome, during a trip to Durant, Oklahoma."
- International Business Times, July 15, 2015: Cord-Cutters Are Not All Young Hipsters; More Low-Income Families Are Getting Priced Out Of Cable TV
"Utter the phrase “cord-cutter” to the average person and the image of bearded, binge-watching young urbanites will instantly spring to mind, but the full picture of people without a traditional pay-TV subscription is a bit more complex. According to data from Nielsen Media, cable cord-cutting is being driven not just by younger consumers, but also by low-income households, and often households where at least one child is present."
- CBS Philly, July 15, 2015: Philadelphia Corporation For Aging Distributes Produce Vouchers To Low Income Seniors
"Low income senior citizens in Philadelphia are being given vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Senior farmers’ market produce vouchers were distributed at Reading Terminal Market, and Sue Gibson, nutrition manager at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, says that while Wednesday was their final distribution date here, it’s not too late to pick up a voucher elsewhere."
- The Oakland Press, July 15, 2015: Pediatrician starts nonprofit for low-income children in Rochester area
"Dr. Jay Mitchell of Rochester Hills retired as a pediatrician and now volunteers full time with his nonprofit KidzKare, which provides goods and services for low-income children in the Rochester Area."
- The Washington Post, July 14, 2015: (Blog) Oklahoma Republicans found a disturbing way to describe the poor on Facebook
"Rather, he argues it's just an indicator of the hostility among some Americans at helping the poor — a hostility that he says has harmed efforts to help some of the nation's neediest."
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 14, 2015: AP-NORC Poll: Many Californians unaware of caregiver program for low-income seniors, disabled
"McCormack gets paid $11 an hour through the In-Home Supportive Services Program, which pays family members and other caregivers to help about 467,000 enrollees with such things as housecleaning, bathing, grocery shopping and laundry so they can stay at home rather than move to a nursing home or other care facility. A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that less than one-third of Californians age 40 and over have heard of the program, which dates back to the 1950s."
- NJ Today, July 14, 2015: NJ Dept. of Agriculture To Provide Free Summer Meals for Low Income Students
"Started in 1976 as an outgrowth of the National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program is designed to reach those who are age 18 or younger in low-income areas. It also is open to people over 18 who are mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in public or nonprofit private programs established for the disabled."
- USA Today College, July 13, 2015: Transition programs help low-income, first-generation students adjust to college
"To combat the obstacles that many first-generation or low-income students might face, Cornell University, among others, instituted pre-freshman summer programs, which are designed to bridge the gap between high school and college and offer a smoother transition into the rigorous academic and social culture that exists on elite campuses. These summer sessions include classes and enrichment programs to prepare students for college academics while also providing them with community and resources."
- U.S. News & World Report, July 13, 2015: At This Low-Income Brooklyn Public High School, 100 Percent of Black Students Graduate
"Brooklyn College Academy has ushered many students like Bridgewater and Polite successfully through high school: 100 percent of the school's black students graduated on time last year, and almost all of them went on to four-year colleges. In contrast, the overall graduation rate for black male students in New York City was 58 percent in 2014."
- U.S. News & World Report, July 13, 2015: Study: Low-Income Minorities Get Worst Teachers in Washington State
"So researchers have been going back to the drawing board, trying to prove that, no matter which measuring stick you use, the worst teachers usually end up teaching the most disadvantaged kids. Last month, one of the top researchers in this field, labor economist Dan Goldhaber, published a new study with some of the most convincing evidence yet."
- Medical Daily, July 13, 2015: Low-Income People With Self-Control May Be Better Able To Succeed, But It Takes A Toll On Their Bodies
"Succeeding academically and socially, a new Northwestern University study finds, may require self-control but ultimately this same trait will undermine health — but only in those who come from a low-income background. For the disadvantaged, self-control provides success while stealing vigor, the researchers suggest."
- The Financial Express, July 13, 2015: Youth from low-income family risk their health for success
"Northwestern University study found that it has been documented that children from low-income families typically complete less education, have worse health and are convicted of more crimes relative to their affluent peers."
- WHAM 13, July 13, 2015: NYS job incentive for low-income residents
"New York State is giving a group of low-income residents of western New York a chance to land a job. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is awarding $500,000 to improve the literacy and job skills of low-income residents of Monroe County."
- The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2015: Do ‘Food Deserts’ Cause Unhealthy Eating?
"Diet-related health problems have been worsening in the U.S., and obesity rates have skyrocketed in recent decades. The search for an explanation in recent years has often zeroed in on “food deserts,” generally defined as places where many residents don’t have access to a full-service grocery store within a mile of home in urban areas or 10 miles in rural ones."
- The Republic, July 12, 2015: Coconino County dental clinic that has served low-income, uninsured patients closing this fall
"A longtime Coconino County dental clinic that is the only one of its kind in the state will shut its doors this fall. The clinic will close Sept. 30, the last day of work for resigning public health dentist Thomas Cardwell. The county Board of Supervisors decided last week that it was no longer feasible to keep operating the clinic after Cardwell's departure."
- The Chicago Tribune, July 11, 2015: Project Backpack collects school supplies for low-income kids
"Elgin Community College and its partners are asking for donations for this year's Project Backpack, which collects school supplies for low-income students who attend Elgin School District U46, Algonquin-based School District 300 or ECC."
- FOX Business, July 11, 2015: Social Security Minimum Benefits: Making a Comeback?
"Social Security provides much-needed income for the vast majority of retired Americans. As a social insurance program, Social Security's design returns a higher percentage of average lifetime earnings to low-income earners than to those who had more lucrative careers. Yet some policymakers have called for Social Security to go a step further, providing minimum benefit amounts to qualify low-income recipients."
- MLive, July 11, 2015: $1.4 M given for low-income housing in Muskegon Heights, Spring Lake
"State officials announced late Friday that new housing projects in Muskegon Heights and Spring Lake would be given nearly $1.4 million in tax credits from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority."
- Waco Tribune, July 10, 2015: Low-income Waco women may face higher cancer screening costs after Planned Parenthood loses funding
"Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas in Waco will be forced to dip into its private donations to continue offering free or reduced-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women after the state rewrote the qualifications for grant money, effectively ousting the women’s healthcare provider from receiving funds."
- The State Journal-Register, July 10, 2015: Boys & Girls Clubs' college trips for low-income students to continue
"A group of local businesses and individuals is filling the state funding void and sending high school students from low-income neighborhoods on an out-of-town college visit this summer."
- SocialTimes, July 10, 2015: Pew Study: Low Income and Rural Populations Less Likely to Have Internet Access
"While the percentage of Americans with Internet access has remained largely the same since 2012, an analysis of 15 years of historical data indicates that the digital divide is still a reality, particularly among low-income and rural populations."
- The Boston Globe, July 9, 2015: Making good on a promise to help the poor
"The earned income tax credit program gives refunds to working families who make less than about $50,000 a year. The compromise budget allows for a 50 percent increase in the state’s earned income tax credit — putting as much as an extra $500 into the wallets of low-income households. More than 480,000 families file for the benefit."
- NPR, July 9, 2015: Who's Still Poor? Who's Made It To Middle Income? Pew Has New Data
"Over the last decade, economic growth lifted almost a billion people around the world out of extreme poverty. Unfortunately, it didn't lift them very far."
- The Huffington Post, July 9, 2015: Here's What Low-Income Families Think About Mandatory Vaccination
"So how do lower-income families feel about mandatory vaccination? It turns out that while they may struggle to get their kids vaccinated, they are very supportive of making it mandatory."
- The Washington Examiner, July 9, 2015: Bernie Sanders wants to spend $3 billion on solar panels for the poor
"Democratic presidential candidate and Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, proposed legislation this week that would spend $3 billion on solar panels for the poor over the next 15 years."
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 9, 2015: AT&T proposes broadband as low as $5 a month for low-income households
"Low-income households would receive Internet service for as little as $5 per month under an AT&T Inc. proposal to federal regulators contemplating approval of the company's $48 billion bid for DirecTV. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T said it would provide the discount program for a period of four years."
- The New York Times, July 8, 2015: Study Finds Low Incomes Constrain Half of World
"Poverty may be down worldwide, yet that does not mean that yesterday’s poor are today’s middle class. Data analyzed by the Pew Research Center concluded that more than half the world’s population remains 'low-income,' while another 15 percent are still what a report issued by the center on Wednesday called “'poor.'”
- U.S. News & World Report, July 8, 2015: Report: Millions leave poverty, but not for the middle class; 'uneven geography' of prosperity
"The dramatic lurch of hundreds of millions of people from poverty since the millennium began has not resulted in a truly global middle class, a new report says. Instead, the improvement in living conditions for almost 700 million people has been a step forward from the desperate existence of $2 or less a day into a low-income world of living on $2 to $10 daily, the Pew Research Center says."
- The Atlantic CityLab, July 8, 2015: Housing Choices for Poor Families Were Bad Before Katrina, and Still Are
"A new report from Tulane University researchers Stacy Seicshnaydre and Ryan C. Albright reveals that the bulk of low-income families in New Orleans continue to live in neighborhoods mired in poverty and racial segregation, despite the new housing stock that has emerged in the post-Katrina recovery."
- NJ.com, July 8, 2015: Produce vouchers available for low-income seniors in Bayonne
"Produce vouchers that can be used at the Bayonne Farmers' Market are now available for low-income seniors in Bayonne, city officials announced. Qualified seniors can use the vouchers to purchase New Jersey-grown fresh fruit and vegetables at the Bayonne farmers' market and other approved locations, city spokesman Joe Ryan said."
- The New York Times, July 7, 2015: Vouchers Help Families Move Far From Public Housing
"Families in Dallas who qualify for housing subsidies are offered more money if they move to more expensive neighborhoods, allowing them to live in safe communities and enroll their children in schools that are otherwise beyond reach. To sharpen the prod, the government has also cut subsidies for those who do not go. The Obama administration has taken a deep interest in the research of the Harvard economist Raj Chetty, who has shown that where children grow up shapes their prospects as an adult, and the proposed expansion of the Dallas experiment is an early instance of the ways in which Mr. Chetty’s findings are changing public policy."
- NPR Boston, July 7, 2015: Budget Accord Would Increase Tax Credits For Low-Income Workers
"The annual state budget compromise agreed to Tuesday by a six-member conference committee would eliminate a corporate tax break that has been suspended every year since its inception to pay for increased tax credits to low-income workers."
- The Chicago Tribune, July 7, 2015: One-year Divvy discount coming for low-income Chicagoans
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is hoping to increase the number of participants in the city's bike sharing program by offering inexpensive, one-year Divvy memberships to low-income residents, though the powder-blue bicycles aren't available to rent in several Chicago neighborhoods where many poor people live."
- CNN Money, July 7, 2015: Obama plans to put solar panels on low-income homes
"The White House outlined a series of measures Tuesday designed to put more solar panels on low-income housing and expand access to solar power for renters."
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 7, 2015: Housing goes up in North Loop of Mpls. for less
"The project will offer the first new income-restricted rental housing since at least 2001, and will bring new life to a long-neglected block on the fringes of the neighborhood. DJ Heinle, co-chair of the North Loop Neighborhood Association’s planning and zoning committee, said the group welcomes the project because it brings much-needed rental and income diversity to the area."
- The Christian Science Monitor, July 6, 2015: California boosts electric car rebates for low-income families
"Until now, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program offered incentives of $1,500 for plug-in hybrids, and $2,500 for electric cars. Now, lower-income households will be able to get substantially more money for certain models. Those with incomes less than 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit will now be able to get up to $3,000 for a plug-in hybrid, $4,000 for an electric car, and $6,500 for a hydrogen fuel-cell car."
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.