- The Augusta Chronicle, July 1, 2015: Reports finds extremely low-income families have trouble finding homes in Augusta, Aiken
"Extremely low-income families in Augusta and Aiken have a harder time finding housing than renters nationwide, while Columbia County could soon have difficulty accommodating members of its poorest population, according to a study conducted by the Urban Institute."
- Philly.com, July 1, 2015: Vouchers set for free produce for low-income seniors
"Beginning Monday, elderly low-income Philadelphians can receive $20 worth of vouchers for fresh, locally grown produce from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PAC). The vouchers, which can be used at 59 farmers' markets citywide, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be valid until Nov. 30."
- San Jose Mercury News, July 1, 2015: Los Altos: Low-income apartments available in drawing
"Los Altos will have 17 below-market-rate units available in the Colonnade Apartments, but anyone wanting to move in must submit an application by July 17. According to a notice posted on the city's website, 16 of the units are for people with very low incomes a one-bedroom unit for someone with a low income."
- EdSource, July 1, 2015: Suit claims LA Unified underfunding low-income kids, English learners
"The first lawsuit involving the state’s new education funding formula is a big one, with potential statewide implications. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, civil rights attorneys charged the Los Angeles Unified School District with shortchanging English learners, low-income children and foster youth by hundreds of millions of dollars. The district disputes the claim."
- The Chicago Tribune, June 30, 2015: Low-income kids soar on summer trips abroad
"Across the country, schools, nonprofits and scholarship programs are increasingly offering low-income students a chance to travel internationally as part of a broader attempt to narrow opportunity and achievement gaps in a more globalized economy. The Chicago Urban League launched its travel program in 2013. This month and next, 70 students from Illinois will depart on four-week language, service and leadership trips funded by Global Navigator scholarships, a five-year, $17.5 million effort kicked off last year by the Portland, Maine-based Council on International Educational Exchange."
- Education Week, June 30, 2015: (Blog) Marva Collins, Famed Chicago Educator, Stressed Potential of Low-Income Students
"Marva Collins, a legendary educator known for fostering expectations of excellence for children raised in the poor neighborhoods of Chicago, died last week at age 78. But her legacy lives on, both in the children and the teachers whose lives she touched while she was the founder—and heart and soul—of Westside Preparatory Academy."
- MLive, June 30, 2015: $1.5B roads plan with fuel tax hike, income tax cut approved by Michigan Senate panel
"The package, presented in full to members earlier in the day and cued up for a potential floor vote as soon as Wednesday, would raise gas and diesel taxes over three years and earmark a portion of general fund revenue for roads, which would force future cuts in other budget areas. The plan would eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor but cut the overall personal income tax rate in any year that general fund revenue growth exceeded inflation."
- Family Studies, June 30, 2015: (Blog) How to Support Low-Income Parents Without Discouraging Marriage
"The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which provides a tax credit of $2,982 on average to low-income working parents when they file their taxes each year, is among the nation’s most vital anti-poverty policies. In its current form, the credit becomes more generous to very low earners as they work more. At a certain level of household income, however, the benefits are phased out—and this set-up comes with a number of drawbacks."
- NBC 2, June 30, 2015: Push underway to teach swimming to low income families
"The CDC said black children ages 5 and older are five times more likely to drown than whites. County leaders want that figure to fall."
- The Washington Post, June 29, 2015: NYC bans ‘poor doors’ — separate entrances for low-income tenants
"The key sentence, as the New York Post reported: 'Affordable units shall share the same common entrances and common areas as market rate units.' De Blasio added the language to a tax program called 421a, signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday, that offered developers a tax abatement for providing affordable housing. Some eager for the break — but not necessarily eager for low-income tenants — designed buildings with separate entrances, a move many deemed contrary to the American way."
- Fast Company, June 29, 2015: Dave Eggers wants to help low-income students discover their dream schools
"To reduce the burden of those loans, Eggers founded nonprofit ScholarMatch in 2010. He took inspiration from crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, envisioning a website where donors would be able to read students’ stories and support them financially. The organization has made good on that promise. By this fall, it will have paid out nearly $1 million in scholarships."
- California Healthline, June 29, 2015: UCLA Identifies Mental Health Factors for Low-Income Minorities
"Low-income black, Hispanic and Latino U.S. residents are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and chronic conditions, according to a study by UCLA researchers published in the journal Psychological Trauma, Medical News Today reports."
- MassLive, June 29, 2015: Computer glitch stalls aid to Springfield area homeless, low-income people
" Arise for Social Justice officials said there were computer problems Monday at the Department of Transitional Assistance building on Liberty Street that led to delays in aid to homeless and low-income people. Arise officials said they were particularly concerned that some homeless people did not get aid with housing due to the problem. Arise is an organization that aids low-income people and lobbies on their behalf."
- The News Journal, June 29, 2015: UD gets grant to help low-income kids attend
"Up to 150 students from low-income families could attend the University of Delaware without racking up student debt thanks to a $3 million grant from the Give Something Back Foundation."
- Kingsport Times News, June 28, 2015: Report: 'Severe shortage' of affordable Tenn. rental housing
"Developers are shying away from using Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) to build housing for lower income people in Tennessee’s rural areas and small towns, according to Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) Executive Director Ralph Perrey."
- The Times-Tribune, June 28, 2015: Grading Our Schools analysis shows link between poverty, academic performance
"The gap in academic achievement among 37 Northeast Pennsylvania school districts widened. Just two school districts outperformed 35 others across Northeast Pennsylvania in Times-Shamrock Newspapers’ 15th annual analysis of academic performance. Last year, four stood above the rest."
- CNN Money, June 26, 2015: Middle class whites live in nicer neighborhoods than blacks
"Middle class whites and Asians live in wealthier neighborhoods than black and Hispanics earning the same annual income."
- Portland Press Herald, June 27, 2015: Maine gets $15M for housing in low-income communities
" Maine is getting $15 million from the federal government to develop housing in low-income communities and improve emergency shelters for homeless individuals and their families. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say that the funding will help people who are struggling to maintain a stable home and focus on a path forward."
- NJ.com, June 26, 2015: Christie vetoes N.J. budget tax hikes, urges increase in low-income tax credit
"Christie signed the budget before announcing he was leaving intact and actually recommending the state Legislature expand a tax credit for low-income workers by 50 percent, a suggestion that reverses his own cut to the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2010."
- Pioneer Press, June 27, 2015: Minnesota's teacher gap: Low-income students taught by fewer tenured teachers
"Minnesota is taking aim at social and institutional forces that put the least-experienced and least-qualified teachers in the state's neediest schools. Majority-white schools in Minnesota have half as many nontenured teachers as schools with large numbers of black, Asian, Hispanic or American Indian students, according to the Department of Education. Low-income, low-performing and especially charter schools also have high percentages of early-career teachers and those who are not fully licensed."
- San Francisco Chronicle, June 25, 2015: California gives low-income drivers a break on electric cars
"Electric cars aren’t cheap — one of the main reasons Americans have been slow to try them. But a vote Thursday by California regulators will make plug-in cars slightly more affordable to low-income drivers."
- The Bradford Era, June 25, 2015: Bill would help low-income families keep child care benefits
"Help could be on the way for parents around the region who are struggling to cover child care expenses. House Bill 1164, unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, would change the structure of the state government’s child care benefits. Now the legislation is in the hands of the Senate to consider. Under the proposal, low-income families would be able to continue to receive assistance while earning extra income. Parents could see co-payments for the subsidized child care increase as more income is brought in. Subsidized child care is based on a family’s percentage of the adjusted gross income."
- WDTN, June 25, 2015: Supreme Court health care ruling, “one less burden” to low income patients
"The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, after the Supreme Court rules insurance tax credits should be available to Americans in all 50 states. In Ohio, that means 160,000 residents get to keep their current health coverage. Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton says the ruling takes a weight off many of their patients shoulders."
- Gothamist, June 25, 2015: Low-Income Families Wait For Public Housing As NYCHA Units Sit Empty
"The New York City Housing Authority—which currently has a daunting waiting list of 270,000 families, and a depressing vacancy rate of one percent—also harbors hundreds of unnecessarily-vacant apartments across the five boroughs, according to an audit released yesterday by Comptroller Scott Stringer."
- The Washington Post, June 24, 2015: An increasing number of low-income college students have no financial cushion
"A federal program for the country's neediest college students is witnessing a troubling trend: an influx of students with fewer resources to pay for school. In its latest report on the Pell Grant program, the Education Department said nearly three-quarters of the 8.6 million students who received the federal grant to attend college last year reported having no savings or other cash on hand. That compares to 60 percent of federal grant recipients five years earlier."
- The Washington Post, June 24, 2015: D.C. has a bigger income disparity than any state in the country
"In D.C., the top 10 percent of earners make more than six times the amount as the bottom 10 percent. That disparity in earnings is higher in D.C. than it is in any of the 50 states, according to District, Measured, a blog from city’s Office of the Chief Financial Office, which used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics."
- The New York Times, June 24, 2015: Middle-Class Black Families, in Low-Income Neighborhoods
"Many of the nation’s racial disparities stem from the simple economic fact that white families make more money than black families on average, a gap that has remained stubbornly large in recent decades. Yet neither this income gap nor blatant discrimination is the only reason for the disparities. A new study, by three Stanford researchers, highlights another big cause: the neighborhood gap."
- Education Week, June 24, 2015: Published Report Identifies Steps to Close Skills Gap for Low-Income Students (Subscription)
"This week, the GE Foundation released a solutions-driven white paper, titled 'The Skills Gap and the New Economy: Implications for Low-Income Students,' that outlines strategic steps needed to help low-income students succeed in college and career. According to the white paper, 'Right now millions of young people are struggling to find good jobs and to launch successful careers, while thousands of companies are unable to expand and innovate because they cannot fill critical positions.'"
- USA Today, June 24, 2015: For low-income kids, meals aplenty this summer
"With few school lunches easily accessible during the summer season, a number of non-profits across the U.S. are providing more meals for low-income children. The Barry Farm Recreation Center is one of many hosting sites across the country. As a venue with an open site policy, meals at the center can go to any kids under the age of 18 who want them."
- The Washington Post, June 23, 2015: New jobs in region will boost number of low-income households, study says
"The Washington area is expected to gain 410,380 new households in the next eight years, but more than a third of them will be headed by low-income earners, says a new study by George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. The growth, the report says, will be driven by low-income jobs and the retirement of baby boomers. In a region that is already struggling to house those who earn less than the median income, a big question is where the new workers will be able to afford to live."
- NPR Boston, June 23, 2015: (Blog) How Massachusetts Redefines Low-Income Students
" Under a new state metric to determine whether public school students are economically disadvantaged, far fewer Massachusetts students will be counted as living in poverty, according to state data. For years Massachusetts has used students’ eligibility for free or reduced lunch to measure if students qualified as “low-income.” Now, Massachusetts will scrap that method and instead deem students “economically disadvantaged” only if the student participates in one or more specific state-administered social welfare programs: food stamps, foster care, medicaid or transitional assistance for families with dependent children."
- NBC Miami, June 23, 2015: Florida, Feds Agree to Extend Hospital Low-Income Pool Funds
"The Obama administration and the state have reached an agreement in principle to continue funding Florida's hospital low-income pool for two more years but at a much lower cost, officials said Tuesday. Florida will receive $1 billion this year, about half of what the state has been receiving, and $600 million for 2016-2017. The federal government must still wait until the end of a public review to issue its final ruling."
- KITV, June 23, 2015: Honolulu community demands 'fairness' over low-income housing
"On Monday, the HPHA announced who the developer will be for the project surrounding its offices, which will include up to 800 low-income units, with construction projected to start by the end of 2016. 'Our last study showed we were some 60,000 units short. So, this will put a dent into it,' said State Representative Mark Hashem. Local lawmakers are on board, but Nakama says people who live in the area are not."
- Portland Tribune, June 23, 2015: Tax breaks bill faces challenging House vote
"Oregon lawmakers will decide the fate of a bill that expands tax breaks for low-income families but pares breaks for some taxpayers, businesses and cigar smokers."
- Education Week, June 22, 2015: Guidebook Suggests Best Supports for Low-Income College Students
"On Monday, the Lumina Foundation came out with a guidebook of strategies for college administrators to improve financial support and completion success for low-income students. Titled 'Beyond Financial Aid,' the publication presents six key strategies to better serve disadvantaged students and highlights promising approaches being used by colleges and universities."
- WOAI, June 22, 2015: New Low Income Housing Initiative Coming to San Antonio
"Affordable housing is becoming a greater concern than ever before in San Antonio, as the local housing market booms with values hitting record levels. For the first time ever, the median price of a home sold in San Antonio rose about $200,000 according to the San Antonio Board of Realtors."
- Lafayette Journal & Courier, June 22, 2015: Medicaid expansion boosts Hoosiers’ income
"Hoosiers’ income rose in the first quarter of the year thanks primarily to Indiana’s expansion of Medicaid, according to federal figures released Monday. Medicaid benefits increased nearly 8 percent, after the state received permission from the federal government in January to receive federal funds for a modified version of the joint federal and state health care program for the poor, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis."
- Chicago Daily Herald, June 22, 2015: Lower income equals lower test scores in our schools
"A new analysis of a decade of state testing data by the Daily Herald and WBEZ reveals that a school's low-income level is a frustratingly accurate predictor of achievement. The results are clear. Schools with the fewest low-income students score the highest on average."
- WAFF, June 22, 2015: Low Income HIV, AIDS patients in Alabama feeling benefits of health insurance
"Hundreds of people living with HIV and AIDS in Alabama are finally getting health insurance for the first time ever. A new program through the Alabama Department of Public Health, called the Alabama Insurance Assistance Program, is providing critical health care for those who may not have otherwise afforded it."
- The Boston Globe, June 21, 2015: State revises count of impoverished students
"Massachusetts has scrapped a decades-old method for defining low-income students in public schools, resulting in a dramatic decline in the number considered to be living in poverty, according to a Globe review of state data. Now, less than half of Boston school students are regarded as being from impoverished homes, compared with the previous figure of about three-quarters."
- Newsweek, June 21, 2015: Low-Income Fathers More Likely to Give Gifts, Not Money
"Low-income fathers who manage to avoid court-sanctioned child support arrangements still spend equal amounts—if not more—money on in-kind gifts for their children than those required by law to give child support. A new study from social scientists at Johns Hopkins University finds 46 percent of 'deadbeat dads' spend an average of $60 a month on items for their children such as clothing, food, childcare, baby supplies and nonessential gifts."
- CNBC, June 21, 2015: These states depend on ‘Obama phone’ the most
"The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to expand Lifeline, a government program that subsidizes telephone service for the poor. Yet very little is understood about the people who depend on the assistance. California, New York and Florida are among the states that depend on the subsidy the most. "
- The Tampa Bay Times, June 21, 2015: Obamacare foes in Congress see help for low-income constituents if court rules against law
"Most members of Tampa Bay's predominantly Republican congressional delegation would vote to maintain financial aid — at least temporarily — for the 6.4 million Americans at risk of losing their health insurance subsidies if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act."
- The Charleston Post & Courier, June 20, 2015: Growth demands affordable homes
"Millions of people visit Charleston every year, and more than a few stick around. But residents new and old face an increasingly competitive — and potentially unsustainable — housing market. More than 40 people move to the Lowcountry every day on average, according to census data. But the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors reported last week that the area’s inventory of residences for sale rose by just 50 homes in the month of May."
- CNN Money, June 19, 2015: Freddie Mac Helps Preserve Low-Income Rental Housing by Purchasing $215 Million Loan for Harbor Point in Boston
"Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) is helping to preserve low-income rental housing by financing a $215 million loan for Harbor Point on the Bay, a large 1,284-unit mixed-income community that includes both affordable and market-rate housing on more than 43 acres in Boston."
- The Baltimore Sun, June 20, 2015: Report: Rental housing supply lags behind demand
"For families that earn less than 30 percent of the median area income, buying a house is often out of the question. And for these low-income households, finding a place to rent can also be a struggle, the Urban Institute has reported. Not a single county in the nation offered enough affordable housing to keep up with its extremely low-income renters, the organization said. In the Baltimore region, some counties have fewer available units than the national average of 28 units available for every 100 renter households."
- StreetsBlog NYC, June 19, 2015: For First Time, NYC Will Fund Plaza Maintenance in Low-Income Areas
"Since it launched nearly eight years ago, DOT’s public plaza program has relied on a public-private model: The city funds plaza installation and construction, while local partners pick up the tab for maintenance and operations. This works well in some parts of town but is a more difficult proposition in low-income communities. Now, for the first time, the city budget will fund plaza maintenance in neighborhoods that could use additional help."
- Crossville Chronicle, June 19, 2015: Study details successes, opportunities of low-income housing program
"With a severe shortage of affordable rental housing in Tennessee, THDA is issuing a new study on the state’s largest, most effective solution. The report takes an in-depth look at the 28-year history of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) in Tennessee, as well as areas of greatest opportunity in the near future."
- The Washington Post, June 18, 2015: Pa. proposes new school funding formula to help low-income students
"A Pennsylvania state commission has proposed a funding formula that would send more tax dollars to school districts that serve high numbers of needy children, including those who are poor or who are learning English as a second language. Advocates welcomed the commission’s unanimous recommendations as a first step toward fixing Pennsylvania’s school funding system, which is the most inequitable in the nation, according to federal data."
- USA Today College, June 18, 2015: University of Minnesota may cover tuition and fees for low-income students
"Students whose parents have an income of less than $30,000 may receive a financial aid package to cover 111% of tuition and fees at the University of Minnesota next year, according to a budget proposal presented by University President Eric Kaler at a Board of Regents meeting on June 11, 2015."
- National Journal, June 18, 2015: What Rand Paul’s Tax-Code 'Blow Up' Doesn't Change
"Called 'The Fair and Flat Tax,' the center of Paul's plan is a 14.5 percent flat-tax rate that would be applied to all personal income including wages, salaries, dividends, capital gains, rents, and interest. In addition, Paul said the first $50,000 of income for a family of four would not be taxed and low-income working families will receive and retain the earned-income tax credit. Paul's plan doesn't mention low-income single adults or single adults with a dependent."
- CleanTechnica, June 18, 2015: Incentives Of Up To $12,000 In California To Get Low-Income People To Upgrade To Fuel-Efficient Cars From Gas Hogs
"Those living in certain parts of the state of California who qualify as low-income residents and have an old gas hog that pollutes heavily will now have the option of receiving up to $12,000 in subsidies to replace their old vehicle and purchase a cleaner, fuel-efficient vehicle, according to recent reports."
- Las Vegas Sun, June 18, 2015: What education savings bill will mean for low-income families in Las Vegas
"The education savings account law eliminates a number of provisions that have traditionally constrained voucher programs. In other states, it’s usually only low-income families, families with disabled students or students in failing schools who can receive the money. In Nevada, everyone can claim state cash, from the richest parents to the poorest. Proponents argue it will help families on all ends of the economic spectrum, but will be felt most by low-income families, who have traditionally been excluded from private schools due to cost."
- PsychCentral, June 18, 2015: Early Stress Impacts Cognition in Low-Income Kids
"New research has now identified how specific patterns of cortisol activity may relate to the cognitive abilities of children in poverty. The study also outlines how greater instability in family environments, including harsh and insensitive caregiving in the context of poverty, may predict these different types of cortisol activity in children."
- FOX 66, June 18, 2015: Committee Advances Bill to Move Low-Income Families Toward Self-Sustainability
"House Bill 1164 would reform the Commonwealth’s child care benefits structure in order to help families retain temporary assistance, while allowing them to earn their way out of poverty. Under current law, families who earn more money eventually reach a so-called 'benefits cliff' at which even a slight increase in their income makes them completely ineligible for services worth substantially more than the potential income increase, thereby discouraging them from accepting raises or working additional hours."
- CBS News, June 17, 2015: New twist on the supermarket for low-income families
"A new grocery store in Boston is on a mission to solve two problems: preventing tons of food from going to waste and offering healthy alternatives to families who might not be able to afford traditional stores, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller. Daily Table in Dorchester looks like a boutique supermarket, but the founder says it's the first fully not-for-profit grocery store in the country that provides affordable and nutritious meals for low-income families."
- The Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2015: (Op-Ed) Blow Up the Tax Code and Start Over
"So on Thursday I am announcing an over $2 trillion tax cut that would repeal the entire IRS tax code—more than 70,000 pages—and replace it with a low, broad-based tax of 14.5% on individuals and businesses. I would eliminate nearly every special-interest loophole. The plan also eliminates the payroll tax on workers and several federal taxes outright, including gift and estate taxes, telephone taxes, and all duties and tariffs."
- WCBO Cincinnati, June 17, 2015: Some Tri-State schools buck the trend of low-income students dropping out of high school
"About 73 percent of students from low-income families earned a high school diploma in 2013 compared to 88 percent from middle- and high-income families, according to a study conducted by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University."
- Chalkbeat Tennessee, June 17, 2015: Low-income students stand to lose more with summer learning loss
" As one of 200 participants in the Shelby County Summer Leadership Camp, she’s building solar-powered robots, learning leadership skills and making new friends. The Memphis camp, serving mostly low-income students in grades 5-8, provides fun hands-on activities focused on science, technology, engineering and math, while also incorporating reading and writing into daily leadership classes."
- WIVB 4, June 17, 2015: Guidelines set to provide low income seniors with affordable housing
"New guidelines are in place to support projects which would provide low income senior housing in Erie County. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved new rules in a Wednesday session. They set up a process for identifying projects which would be eligible for funding from their organization."
- The Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2015: (Op-Ed) Obama Wants to Pick the Clintons’ Neighbors
"For the past six years, HUD has been hounding Westchester about building more low-income housing in places like Chappaqua. Federal officials have vowed to 'hold people’s feet to the fire' and make an example of the county."
- MarketWatch, June 16, 2015: Many low-income Americans can’t even afford to rent
"The poorest Americans, who can’t afford to buy property, are increasingly priced out of rentals. There were only 28 adequate and available to rent homes for every 100 extremely low-income renters in 2013, down from 37 in 2000, according to the Urban Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that focuses on social and economic policy."
- U.S. News & World Report, June 16, 2015: Kansas Gov. Brownback says sales and cigarette tax rises are not tax increases
"Brownback, his top aides and their legislative allies have argued repeatedly that cuts in income tax rates benefited all classes of taxpayers. The governor noted that one provision of this year's tax legislation will exempt 388,000 low-income Kansans, starting in 2016. But a new analysis Tuesday from Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan but left-leaning policy group based in Washington, said the cumulative effects of the changes in tax policy since 2012 have benefited the state's wealthiest residents the most, while increasing taxes for its poorest residents."
- LAist, June 16, 2015: Residents Evicted From L.A. Mission's Low-Income Housing In Hollywood
"Hollywood's L.A. Mission apartment complex is no longer a transition home for the former homeless as the Christian ministry evicted its low-income residents this week after selling the building. The 45-unit building located on Bronson Ave. and Sunset Blvd. was sold off in March, and residents had until this past Monday to move out, according to CBS Los Angeles. Earlier this week, there were still five adults and six children of the 54 people living at the site who still haven't found new permanent housing."
- MLive, June 16, 2015: Before trying to kill it, Michigan Republicans helped create Earned Income Tax Credit for working poor
"Less than a decade after helping create a Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, the state's Republican-led Legislature may decide to end the popular benefit for low-income workers. Architects of the 2006 law — approved by one Republican majority but placed on the chopping block by another seeking to fund repairs on the state's crumbling roads — say it would be a mistake to undo their work."
- The Guardian, June 15, 2015: Pay low-income families more to boost economic growth, says IMF
"The idea that increased income inequality makes economies more dynamic has been rejected by an International Monetary Fund study, which shows the widening income gap between rich and poor is bad for growth. A report by five IMF economists dismissed “trickle-down” economics, and said that if governments wanted to increase the pace of growth they should concentrate on helping the poorest 20% of citizens. The study – covering advanced, emerging and developing countries – said technological progress, weaker trade unions, globalisation and tax policies that favoured the wealthy had all played their part in making widening inequality 'the defining challenge of our time'."
- The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 15, 2015: What projects will $88M in new tax credits fund?
"The tax credit package is part of $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credits awarded to a total of 76 organizations across the country, through the U.S. Treasury Department, aimed at stimulating investment and economic growth in low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities. Two hundred and sixty-three organizations throughout the country applied for the funds. The purpose of the New Market Tax Credit program, established in 2000, is to create jobs and spur economic growth on projects that private investors generally shy away from."
- RT, June 15, 2015: Over 14 million low-income older Americans are food insecure - gov’t report
"Some 17 million elderly Americans are in need of government-funded meal services, but 90 percent of them don't receive it, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. About 83 percent of those adults in need are food insecure."
- KSHB, June 15, 2015: Low-income families in Kansas may have to pay the most after tax hikes
"Last week, Kansas Senate and House members voted to increase the sales tax to 6.5 percent, up from 6.150. The increase is meant to help fill a $400 million budget gap. Community leaders for organizations such as KC Healthy Kids said the hike will affect low-income families the most."
- Phys.org, June 15, 2015: Love and money: How low-income dads really provide
"Low-income fathers who might be labeled "deadbeat dads" often spend as much on their children as parents in formal child-support arrangements, but they choose to give goods like food and clothing rather than cash, a Johns Hopkins-led study found."
- WINK News, Jun3 16, 2015: Florida’s teacher union appeals ruling in voucher lawsuit
"Florida’s main teachers union said Monday it will not drop its legal fight against the state’s largest private school voucher program despite a judge throwing out the group’s lawsuit."
- The Missoulian, June 14, 2015: Report: Poor children in Missoula have above-average upward income mobility
"A child in a poor family growing up in Missoula County will make $500, or 2 percent, more than the average American poor child by age 26. In Sanders County, he or she will make an average of $4,050, or 16 percent, more. That’s better than 90 percent of the counties nationwide."
- Traverse City Record-Eagle, June 13, 2015: Laundry programs help low-income families
"The program began more than a decade ago to help area residents who often face tough choices between buying food or gas and having clean laundry."
- Tampa Bay Times, June 12, 2015: Florida lawmakers reach deal to distribute more than $2B to hospitals
"The biggest piece of Florida's budget puzzle fell into place Friday as state legislators divvied up $2 billion to hospitals for the costs of treating millions of people with no health insurance."
- The Kansas City Star, June 12, 2015: Tax plan passes Kansas House and Senate, Brownback set to sign
"The amended plan also eliminates income taxes for 380,000 low-income Kansans in tax year 2016, an idea that was first floated by the governor late last month."
- Education Week, June 12, 2015: Most on private-school scholarships not from failing schools
"Most students attending private schools on scholarships from Alabama's new school-choice program are from low-income families, but only 30 percent would otherwise be attending a public school dubbed as failing, according to annual reports filed with the state."
- U.S. News & World Report University Directory, June 12, 2015: Report Finds Graduation Gap Between High- and Low-Income Students
"Low-income high school graduates may be less likely to continue on to earn a college degree than students from families with more money, according to a recent study."
- The Des Moines Register, June 12, 2015: (Op-Ed) Shift to clean energy would help rural, low-income most
"As political candidates begin traveling across Iowa, they will no doubt be asked what action they will take on climate change. It’s important to help them remember that low-income, rural Americans are extremely vulnerable to the economic and health effects of a changing climate, and stand to benefit the most from investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy."
- The Chicago Tribune, June 11, 2015: Rauner's plan to withhold low-income energy assistance money draws concern
"The governor's plan to withhold state money that helps poor residents pay their electric and gas bills was met with concern and resistance Thursday at a hearing in Chicago. Seniors, people with disabilities and parents of young children shared stories of hardship at the Loop hearing, saying in written or oral testimony that they rely on the money to heat and cool their homes during frigid Illinois winters and sweltering summers. The program, they said, also helps preserve basic decencies such as the ability to cook, refrigerate food, wash clothes and take a hot shower."
- Fortune, June 11, 2015: 4 things you didn't (but should) know about economic inequality
"Despite the fact that there is a growing consensus that inequality is important, there is little agreement on how it affects average Americans. This is partly because more research needs to be done on the topic. But it’s also because the research that has been done has been hijacked by those with political agendas in order to further policy goals that existed long before we ever thought that America was divided between the 99% and the 1%."
- Youngstown Vindicator, June 11, 2015: Low-income housing advocates campaigning to defeat state budget amendment
"Local agencies that have received millions of dollars over the years through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund for projects to address homelessness and support affordable housing for low-income residents are concerned about a proposed Senate budget amendment that would cut the fund in half."
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 11, 2015: (Op-Ed) Low-income housing depends on Housing Tax Credit
"It’s no secret that low-income renters in Nevada continue to struggle in the long wake of the Great Recession. A recent study ranked our state 46th out of 50 in housing and homeownership, in part because we have the fewest number of available and affordable rental homes in the country. For a family, there is no place like home. And for a community, there are few things as economically beneficial as building safe, stable neighborhoods that connect families to transit, jobs, education and health care. That’s why we need to invest in affordable housing."
- The Huffington Post, June 10, 2015: States' Boost To Adult Dental Care Could Help Low-Income Residents
"Residents in this low- to middle-income neighborhood likely don’t realize how lucky they are. The majority of Americans have to travel miles to see a dentist who takes their insurance, particularly if they’re covered by Medicaid. Many dental patients with private insurance cannot afford to pay their share of the bill."
- Medscape, June 10, 2015: 'Food Insecurity' in Low-Income Latinos Thwarts Diabetes Control
"In low-income Latino patients with type 2 diabetes who took part in a diabetes education program that was specifically designed for them, those with 'food insecurity' — a belief that they could not access adequate food to feed their families — reported eating fewer healthy vegetables at their main meal and had worse initial glycemic control than their peers."
- StreetsBlog Chicago, June 10, 2015: “Divvy for Everyone” Aims to Boost Ridership in Low-Income Areas
"Divvy bike-share has been a resounding success on many fronts, with 476 docking stations installed and more than four million trips taken since the system launched two years ago. However, like most bike-share networks across the country, there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes to increasing access and ridership in low-income communities. Thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership, announced last week, the Chicago Department of Transportation is taking steps to help close the bike-share gap."
- Cherokee Tribune, June 10, 2015: Community gets heated: Residents strongly oppose low-income apartments plan
"Ball Ground residents spilled out of a small, crowded room at the Jasper campus of Chattahoochee Technical College on Tuesday night to voice their opposition to a developer’s plans to build low-income apartments in the city."
- MLive, June 10, 2015: Michigan House approves $1.1B roads plan, votes to eliminate Earned Income Tax Credit
"Michigan roads would see an influx of cash, but low-income workers would lose a popular tax credit, under a plan approved Wednesday in the Republican-led state House. The 12-bill package, advanced to the Senate in a series of mostly-narrow votes, is projected to pump $1.1 billion a year into roads by 2019 without a major hike in sales or gas taxes."
- News 4 JAX, June 9, 2015: Deadline passes; Scott's standoff with feds continues
"Facing a court-ordered deadline to respond to Gov. Rick Scott's request for mediation over federal funding for hospitals serving low-income patients, the Obama administration said Tuesday they don't need to mediate because they are in ongoing discussions with Florida. Gov. Rick Scott said a deal most be done to keep $1.3 billion in federal funding to several of Florida's biggest hospitals, including $95 million annually to UF Health in Jacksonville."
- The Bangor Daily News, June 9, 2015: Legislature on brink of budget deal with income tax cuts, sales tax hikes
"The tentative plan also includes a provision to increase the homestead property tax exemption from $10,000 to $15,000. That provision has been demanded by Democrats, who say property tax relief is critical to middle-class and low-income Maine families."
- Las Vegas Sun, June 9, 2015: Board OKs $20 million in bonds for low-income apartments
"The state Board of Finance today approved issuing $20 million in revenue bonds to build 168 apartment units for low-income families in Las Vegas."
- KRQE, June 9, 2015: Albuquerque details 2015 homeless, low income housing investments
"The city of Albuquerque is giving a closer look at how it will spend millions of dollars over the next year to help house low income and homeless people. The investment list is part of the city Community Development Department’s annual 'Action Plan.' In all, the projects on the list are worth about 16 million dollars, including about 6 million dollars of federal funding."
- The Detroit News, June 9, 2015: Rules threaten payday loans for low-income borrowers
"A recent survey from the Federal Reserve finds that two-thirds of Americans making under $40,000 per year would have to either sell something or borrow money in the event of a $400 emergency expense."
- Mashable, June 9, 2015: Muppets helps kids get smarter, even if they grow up in tough neighborhoods
"At a time when academics and lawmakers are embracing the importance of preschool education more than ever, a new study from University of Maryland’s Melissa Kearney and Wellesley College’s Phillip Levine finds that toddlers may achieve many of the same educational benefits by tuning into Sesame Street."
- Fox News, June 8, 2015: FCC to vote on broadband stipends for low-income families
"If the commissioners (three Democrats and two Republicans) vote to approve the plan—and they almost certainly will—low-income families that already qualify for a $9.25 a month stipend to help them pay for cell service will also be allowed to use the funds for broadband."
- Time, June 8, 2015: 3 Facts About Social Security Almost No One Knows
"Its progressive benefit formula pays a high percentage of your average monthly earnings up to a certain point; but then, as your income grows, lower percentages apply to bring down your overall benefit as a percentage of your career income."
- Tampa Bay Times, June 8, 2015: Judge orders federal agency to file answer to Scott's call for LIP mediation
"A federal judge on Monday ordered some quick work out of the federal government in response to a request by Gov. Rick Scott that federal health care officials be forced to settle his lawsuit over the Low Income Pool. Scott filed a motion on Monday seeking court-ordered mediation in the lawsuit he has brought against the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Chief U.S. District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers responded by issuing an order calling for CMS to respond to the request no later than noon Tuesday."
- Albequerque Journal, June 8, 2015: Money is one reason why there are few teachers of color
"There is a constant rallying cry in education circles: Why don’t we have more teachers of color? The answer is simple – it’s not a degree likely to pay off, assuming the student can even make it to graduation."
- MLive, June 8, 2015: RX for Reading provides over 9,000 books to low-income Detroit families
"By the time children in Michigan reach third grade, 40 percent of them aren't reading at proficiency, according to statistics from the Michigan League of Public Policy. In 2013, 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families "did not demonstrate proficiency" on a national test."
- The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 8, 2015: Worlds apart: New rentals for high-, low-income
"Such is San Diego's new-apartment housing market -- something for the top 1 percent, something else for the bottom 30 percent."
- The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 6, 2015: How's marriage doing? A mixed diagnosis finds rich-poor gap, later vows, gays gaining access
"Among college-educated, relatively affluent couples, marriage is doing pretty well. Where education and income levels are lower, it's often a different story — higher divorce rates, and far more children being born out of wedlock, including many to single mothers."
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.