- NBC News, December 13, 2015: It's Not Just the Poor Who Can't Make Rent
"It's not just low-income Americans who struggle to pay their rent every month, or find an affordable place to live when they move. New research from Harvard says that even renters with annual incomes of $45,000 face unaffordable rents in many cities, with potentially far-reaching effects."
- Chicago Tribune, December 13, 2015: Lathrop Homes protesters call for more low-income housing
"Current and former residents of Lathrop Homes, a sprawling, but mostly shuttered public housing complex in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, led a procession through the properties to call on city officials to rehab vacant units for more low-income housing."
- NPR, December 11, 2015: California Expands Substance Abuse Treatment For Low-Income Residents
"California is overhauling its substance abuse treatment system for low-income people, embarking on a massive experiment to create a smoother path for addicts from detox through recovery."
- Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2015: San Diego low-income apartment project geared to LGBT seniors
"A nonprofit group is preparing to build San Diego's first low-income apartment complex geared toward senior citizens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."
- The Fiscal Times, December 11, 2015: Winners and Losers As the Shift Away From the Middle Class Grows
"The report released on Wednesday highlighted the growing income divide in this country, as the U.S. moves towards becoming a country dominated by upper income earners and the very poor after the middle class—including upper income earners--struggled through years of recession, wage stagnation and mounting housing and education costs. Democratic and Republican presidential candidates alike have made the plight of the middle class a major campaign theme this year – and for good reason."
- Pew Research Center, December 10, 2015: 5 takeaways about the American middle class
"Americans in middle-income households have lost significant ground since 1970, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. The middle class has long been the country’s economic majority, but our new analysis finds that’s no longer true. Meanwhile, the middle class has fallen further behind upper-income households financially, which now hold a larger share of aggregate household income than ever before in the 44-year period examined."
- The Christian Science Monitor, December 10, 2015: Reform the Child Tax Credit for low-income workers
"Congress could significantly help low-income families with children by making current eligibility rules for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) permanent. If lawmakers allow the current threshold to expire as scheduled after 2017, families with children in the lowest income quintile will lose almost $700. Over the past few years, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have proposed expanding the credit in a variety of ways– but none of those alternatives would benefit low-income families as efficiently as maintaining today’s rules."
- The Huffington Post, December 10, 2015: Expanding Legal Assistance Could Keep Low-Income Renters From Losing Homes: Study
" Some 7,000 households have been evicted each year in Baltimore since 2012, yet a majority of people facing eviction have valid reasons to fight back although most arrive in court without a lawyer, the research found. The research illustrates the human cost of a lack of affordable housing that afflicts cities across the United States, exacerbating a cycle of poverty, said Zafar Shah, an PJC attorney recommending a raft of legal measures to help tenants."
- U.S. News & World Report, December 9, 2015: Housing bust and aging population leave more older Americans paying rent
"The majority of U.S. renters are now 40 and older, a fundamental shift over the past decade that reflects the lasting damage of the housing crash and an aging population. This finding in a report released Wednesday by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies overturns the assumption that the rental boom is only the result of twenty-somethings flocking to hip urban centers."
- The Huffington Post, December 9, 2015: The Middle Class Is No Longer America's Economic Majority
"There are now more low-income and high-income Americans combined than there are people in the middle class, a study released Wednesday found. According to a Pew Research Center report, there were 120.8 million adults living in middle-income households and 121.3 million in lower- and upper-income households combined in early 2015, marking the first time in the center's four decades of tracking this data that the size of the latter groups has transcended that of the first."
- The Kaiser Family Foundation, December 9, 2015: The Cost of the Individual Mandate Penalty for the Remaining Uninsured
"In other words, 3.5 million subsidy-eligible uninsured people could either get coverage for free or end up paying less by enrolling in marketplace coverage than by remaining uninsured and paying the individual mandate penalty. However, bronze plans come with high deductibles and low-income enrollees may be better off financially enrolling in silver plans that have higher premiums but are eligible for cost-sharing subsidies."
- NBC News, December 8, 2015: More Latino Kids In Low-Income But More Financially Stable Households
"Although they are more likely to be poor than other children, Hispanic children in low-income households have had more economically stable homes."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 8, 2015: Comcast's Phila. deal would aid low-income customers
"Comcast Corp.'s proposed cable-TV franchise renewal could save low-income senior citizens between $15 and $83 a year on their cable-TV bills - if they apply for a new discount - and expand discounted Internet services to low-income residents."
- Slate, December 8, 2015: (Blog) Landlords Have an Edge in Eviction Cases. They Can Afford Lawyers, and Low-Income Renters Can’t.
"When a case arrives in court and only one side can retain legal counsel, the outcome tends to favor the side that can afford a lawyer. Due to cuts to legal-aid programs, low-income tenants are only very rarely able to bring legal representation to housing cases. By contrast, in many jurisdictions, 85 to 90 percent of landlords are backed by a lawyer."
- EducationDIVE, December 8, 2015: Low-income schools see heavy reliance on substitute teachers
"That’s where the substitute teacher problem kicks in. Teacher instability is a proven and common problem in high-poverty schools, the Washington Post reports, and providing better training and pay, along with hiring more experienced educators, would likely help since inexperienced teachers are also reportedly the first laid off when budget concerns arise — a factor that further impacts those schools."
- SF Gate, December: HUD secretary visit promotes Internet program for low-income kids
"Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro visited San Francisco tech firm GitHub Tuesday to promote ConnectHome, a new federal program designed to bring broadband Internet to 200,000 low-income children in 28 cities nationally. GitHub pledged $500,000 and 4,000 volunteer hours toward the effort."
- The Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2015: How the Low-Tax U.S. Stacks Up Against Other Countries
"'We’re an outlier, and you would never know it with antitax fervor,' said Chuck Marr, director of federal tax policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington group that advocates policies to assist low-income families. The stats show that the U.S. has room to increase taxes to expand the social safety net and handle the aging of the baby-boom generation, Mr. Marr said."
- Quartz, December 7, 2015: It’s easy—but wrong—to blame supermarkets for food deserts
"This doesn’t speak well of the supermarket industry’s efforts to help convert the nation’s nutritional wastelands into bastions of healthier eating. But putting the focus on retailers misses the bigger picture: Supermarket access is just one piece of why low-income Americans tend to eat less healthy diets than higher-income Americans."
- Newsplex.com, December 7, 2015: Grants to Help Low-Income Residents in Several Virginia Localities
"More than a dozen Virginia localities are receiving federal grants to help low-income residents become self-sufficient. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the funding to help public housing residents and families who receive federal housing vouchers. The goal is to reduce residents' dependence on welfare and rental subsidies."
- The Seattle Times, December 6, 2015: Free ORCA cards for low-income students next year
"Starting next year, the program will expand to all Seattle middle- and high-school students who qualify for free or reduced lunch — thanks to the efforts of Bayo and other Rainier Beach students who lobbied for the change. The Seattle City Council’s 2016 budget, approved in late November, includes $1 million to pay for the passes."
- Newsday, December 5, 2015: State’s new ‘Essential’ health plan popular among low-income residents (Subscription Only)
"Local navigators who help enroll people for health insurance said many are signing up for the state’s new Essential Plan for low-income residents who do not qualify for Medicaid." "
- The Washington Post, December 4, 2015: (Op-Ed) A public investment in low-income homeowners and renters
"The public investment in St. Elizabeths has, as the mayor hoped, triggered development of a new complex of apartments, offices and retail above the Congress Heights Metro station. Getting it done will require razing four rent-controlled apartment buildings, home to poor, elderly and fixed-income residents. These buildings are owned, according to residents quoted by The Post, 'by two politically connected developers, who have failed to make improvements to the four apartment buildings even as many residents live in squalor.' The consolation to these displaced residents: a mere $1,200 in moving costs and the potential to live in the new building — but in smaller units."
- The Hill, December 4, 2015: (Blog) Strengthen Low-Income Housing Tax Credit in tax extenders
"The central issue in negotiations is which tax extenders will be made permanent. If any are to be made permanent, minimum Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) rates should be among them. Though the change is technical in nature, enacting permanent minimum 9 and 4 percent rates will have a major impact on the development of affordable housing, making it simpler and more financially feasible on a virtually cost-neutral basis."
- The Missouri Times, December 4, 2015: MHDC grants over $10 million in funding for low-income housing projects
"The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) held their last meeting of 2015 Friday morning in Columbia. They approved over $10 million in funding for various affordable housing and shelter projects for low and middle-income residents and homeless populations."
- Detroit Free Press, December 4, 2015: DTE offers cash payment kiosks for low-income customers
"At its root is a well-worn technology familiar to most: an ATM-style kiosk. This one, designed by Ferndale-based DivDat for DTE Energy, dispenses no money. The 30 kiosks placed at DTE payment centers and select Rite Aid pharmacies in locations around Detroit and Michigan accept all forms of payment, including cash. The targeted customer is someone who might not have a credit card or bank account. The goal, company officials say, is to make it easier and less expensive for poor people to pay their utility bills."
- The Hill, December 3, 2015: Warren, Cummings press for family benefits in package of tax breaks
"Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) called on Congress Thursday to make a set of benefits for low-income families permanent as part of massive package of year-end tax breaks currently in the works."
- Curbed NY, December 3, 2015: See the NYC Neighborhoods With the Most Student Loan Debt
" The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a research organization focused on studying economic inequality, has released a new interactive map that displays student debt across the country, and its findings might not be what you'd expect. According to Mapping Student Debt, those living in zip codes with the highest median incomes, like Tribeca and the Upper East Side, tend to have the highest loan balances—but they also have the lowest rate of default, or delinquency. Conversely, people who tend to default on their loans live in low-income zip codes, where the amount of the loans is also on the lower side."
- Daytona Times, December 3, 2015: (Op-Ed) Make anti-poverty tax credits permanent
"With only a few weeks left in the year, Congress is debating a series of key issues for working families. One of the most important is the fate of key parts of two tax credits that help millions of low-income working Americans."
- Austin Monitor, December 3, 2015: Committee backs low-income energy savings ideas
"Low-income Austin Energy customers may receive some additional help in lowering their bills in coming years, based on a recommendation that a City Council committee made on Thursday. The Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, which consists of the full Council but does not take official action, recommended directing city staff at a future Council meeting to draft an implementation plan for more than half of the ideas put forward by a volunteer task force dealing with issues faced by low-income utility customers."
- Bloomberg BNA, December 2, 2015: Tax Extender Deal Trips Over Cost, Low-Income Tax Credits
"Congressional negotiations over several dozen expired tax deductions, credits and other provisions remain stuck on Democratic demands to boost tax credits for low-income households and on the potential cost of the package, lawmakers and congressional aides said."
- Think Progress, December 2, 2015: These Maps Show How Student Debt Is Reinforcing Economic Inequality
"A new interactive map shows how student loan debt is holding down low-income graduates who are struggling to pay their bills. The map was launched by Generation Progress and Higher Ed, Not Debt, which worked with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth to analyze the findings."
- Latin Post, December 2, 2015: Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit Expiration in 2017 May Affect Millions of Working Latino Families
"The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' analysis, based on the U.S. Census Bureau, IRS and Treasury Department's Office of Tax Analysis, at least eight million Latinos workers with 12 million children have claimed EITC during the 2013 tax year. Approximately 7 million Latino working families with children have claimed an average $1,400 in refunds through the CTC's low-income portion."
- NPR, December 1, 2015: Expanded Medicaid Coverage Means More Women Get Mammograms
"If you're a low-income woman, you're more likely to get screened for breast cancer if you live in a state that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act than in a state that didn't."
- The New York Times, December 1, 2015: Broad Effort Aims to Expand Financial Services to Low-Income Consumers
"The Obama administration, teaming with private partners including the Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase, announced initiatives on Tuesday to expand banking services to millions of Americans and others worldwide who lack essentials like checking or savings accounts and access to credit."
- Fortune, December 1, 2015: Student Loan Paradox: Small Loan Balances are More Likely to Be Delinquent
"Graduates at the commencement ceremony for American University's School of International Service on May 12, 2013. Photograph by The Washington Post/Getty Images Those who borrow the least are hurting the most. The debate over the nation’s ballooning student debt often spotlights borrowers with disproportionally high loan balances. A New York Times story on Monday, for instance, profiled a woman who owes the federal government a staggering $410,000 in debt. But a new report out Tuesday from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth shows in stark visuals that the student loan “crisis”—or loan delinquencies—is playing out among students who borrowed relatively little. The organization mapped student loan balances and loan delinquency. Once plotted out by zip code, it’s clear that there is an inverse relationship at play: where balances are high, delinquency is low, and vice versa. The center also took into account median income and found that high balances correspond with high income while areas of high delinquency overlap with areas with low median income. geography of student loans The concentration of debt delinquency in zip codes with low average loan balances is partly coming from students who borrow money to attend for-profit colleges. Graduates of for-profit colleges often face poor employment outcomes and lower earnings after they complete their degrees. “This is further complicated by the fact that these for-profit college attendees generally come from lower-income families who may not be able to help with loan repayments,” the center says. The Washington Center attributed the high density of delinquency in low-income areas to 'redlining'—or the illegal practice of restricting access to credit for residents of low income and minority neighborhoods. Americans who don’t have access to loans through 'competitive, transparent financial networks' are more likely to rely on exploitative credit arrangements."
- Education Week, December 1, 2015: Many low-income families turned away from pre-K program
"The majority of families who applied for Indiana's new preschool pilot program for disadvantaged children were turned away due to limited funding."
- Chicago Tribune, November 30, 2015: College Possible connects CPS students with mentors for college prep
"A Minneapolis-based nonprofit expanded to Chicago this fall, embarking on an effort to help hundreds of low-income Chicago Public Schools students earn college degrees. College Possible, which puts AmeriCorps volunteers to work preparing low-income students for higher education, has landed in Chicago, led by a name familiar to many in Chicago's entrepreneurial world."
- Marketplace, November 30, 2015: A neighborhood divided over housing
"The stately brick houses along Lake Willow Drive in New Orleans East have pools and lake views and landscaped lawns. A high fence separates the homes from a 263-unit apartment complex called The Willows. The brown Willows' buildings are two stories high, the lawns are a little straggly, and a couple of windows are boarded up. The Willows is a complex that accepts the Housing Choice Voucher, commonly known as Section 8. Housing Choice is a federal government program that pays a certain percentage of the rent for low-income people."
- The Washington Post, November 30, 2015: Congress closes in on deal to extend tax breaks for businesses, individuals
"House and Senate negotiators are working to complete a deal as early as this week that would revive dozens of expired tax breaks and could also seek to scale back a controversial part of Obamacare and expand some tax benefits for low income workers."
- The Washington Post, November 30, 2015: Offering students and parents a path to success
"As part of its growing presence in the Sterling area, INMED Partnerships for Children has begun offering a free after-school program for children from low-income families."
- 22News, November 30, 2015: State lawmakers look to expand tax credit for low income earners
"Help could be on the way for low income and working families. State leaders are looking to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit program again. More than 400,000 Massachusetts residents currently qualify for the program. The Earned Income Tax Credit helps the state’s working poor by reducing the amount of taxes they owe. It’s adjusted based on income and family size."
- The Washington Post, November 29, 2015: (Editorial) Fixing the most expensive tax deduction
"Eliminating the deduction altogether and replacing it with a 15 percent tax credit would save $213 billion — and better target homeownership support to buyers of modest means. The coalition suggests spending at least some of the savings on direct aid to low-income housing, but even without that, curbing the deduction would help lower-income people over time by reducing tax-code favoritism for expensive housing."
- The Baltimore Sun, November 29, 2015: (Op-Ed) An easy choice for Speaker Ryan
"One such bill — The Summer Meals Act, H.R. 1728 — is a straightforward proposal that would support millions of American children in getting access to affordable, nutritious food over the summer months. Legislative action is needed now in order to prepare students, sponsors and state administrators for the summer of 2016."
- The Boston Globe, November 28, 2015: Support grows for MBTA discounts for low-income riders
"With fare hikes possibly looming from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, two people who will vote on the increases are pushing for a fairly innovative idea: discounts for low-income riders. Board members Monica Tibbits-Nutt and Brian Lang on Monday said they would want such discounts in place by July, when the MBTA could next enact fare hikes."
- The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2015: New York City Council Proposes Ending Property Taxes for Low-Income Co-ops
"The New York City Council is proposing to eliminate property taxes for the city’s 1,271 limited-income co-ops in exchange for tighter rules, an effort designed to preserve an unusual affordable-housing resource in the city. Many of the co-ops were created in the 1980s and 1990s to boost homeownership among the poor. People living in city-owned buildings were able to buy apartments for $250 each."
- STAT News, November 27, 2015: Not just pirates anymore: Scurvy afflicts the poor and homeless
"Scurvy, a disease caused by a severe lack of vitamin C in the diet, is most often associated with 17th-century pirates. But cases of scurvy still appear in the United States — and doctors say its 21st-century manifestation is a disease of the poor, homeless, college students, and those living in neighborhoods in which fresh, nutritious food is hard to come by."
- The Christian Science Monitor, November 26, 2015: How mobile payment services could help low-income consumers
"In June 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the nation's consumer watchdog, launched an inquiry into mobile banking services and their potential to help low-income consumers in the US gain access to financial services and build financial literacy when traditional bank branches were out of reach. The bureau’s report, released this month, details a widespread consensus from a diverse coalition of banks, social justice groups, and technology providers that mobile banking can help low-income consumers."
- Herald & Review, November 26, 2015: (Editorial) Food banks need help year round
"Fraser told me that food assistance programs across the country continue to see new faces appearing for everything from kitchen staples to hot, prepared meals, with the biggest increase coming from people who have jobs but still can't make ends meet."
- NBC News, November 25, 2015: Student Debt And The Wealth Gap Among Whites, People of Color
"When it comes to having student debt, Latinos fare far better than their black and white peers. But that might not be as good as it seems, according to a new report out today connecting debt to the wealth gap between whites and people of color."
- Inside Higher Ed, November 25, 2015: The Missing Low-Income Students
"Since 2008, student aid from federal and institutional sources has increased. Political and foundation leaders have also focused on the importance of a postsecondary education, and the need to increase college attainment. But in the years since 2008, the proportion of low-income recent high school graduates who enroll in college has seen a significant drop, according to a new analysis from the American Council on Education."
- AAP Gateway, November 25, 2015: Low-income children benefit long-term from child care services
"Children from low socioeconomic status (SES) families who attended a child care center early in life were on equal academic footing with those from higher SES families at age 12, according to a new report."
- NPR, November 24, 2015: Goodbye, No Child Left Behind
"Hall says, when given the opportunity, states still find ways to camouflage the fact that most of their low-income, black and Latino students don't get a quality education. As evidence, she points to the most recent reading and math scores from the so-called 'Nation's Report Card.'"
- The Washington Post, November 24, 2015: New college application will help students in financial need
"Even for the most academically gifted students from low-income families, applying for college can be an arduous process of self-education and overcoming common myths about affordability. My nonprofit college access program works with such students and their families every day in the poorest areas of Dallas, helping them decode the college application process. It’s hard to convey the feeling of victory and hope when our students earn admission to some of the nation’s most selective colleges, including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford."
- The Washington Post, November 24, 2015: College enrollment rates are dropping, especially among low-income students
"Low-income high school graduates were far less likely to enroll in higher education in 2013 than in 2008, a downward trend that came at the same time the Obama administration was pushing to boost college access and completion, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data."
- The Lund Report, November 24, 2015: Fewer Medicare-Subsidized Drug Plans Means Less Choice For Low-Income Seniors
"The 64-year-old from Cleveland is among the 2 million older or disabled Americans who will have to find new coverage that accepts the subsidy as full premium payment or else pay for the shortfall. As beneficiaries explore options during the current Medicare enrollment period, there are only 227 such plans from which they can choose next year, 20 percent fewer than this year, and the lowest number since the drug benefit was added to Medicare in 2006, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services."
- Mic.com, November 23, 2015: One of the Biggest Problems on College Campuses Is One We Never Talk About
"Low-income students' concerns often intersect with issues of race: Almost two-thirds of African-American undergraduate students and 51% of Latino undergraduate students receive Pell Grants, or federal funds allocated to low-income students, according to the Washington Post. But confrontations over class-based issues on campus often emerge in ways that are different than debates over race. While many low-income students certainly encounter blatantly classist attitudes, their socio-economic backgrounds frequently disadvantage them in more subtle — though equally detrimental — ways."
- Think Progress, November 23, 2015: Texas Lands In Court For Trying To Defund Planned Parenthood
"Last month, Texas officials announced they intended to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics — saying that, in light of the videos, the group can’t be trusted to provide 'medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal and ethical manner.' Essentially, that means the group would no longer be reimbursed with state or federal Medicaid dollars for the health services it provides to low-income patients in the public health insurance program."
- The Sun Herald, November 23, 2015: Income inequality makes the rich more Scrooge-like, study finds
"As the annual 'season of giving' dawns, a new study finds that stark income inequity -- a dramatically rising trend in the United States -- makes the 'haves' less generous toward others. Higher-income people were less inclined to be generous both when they came from states where income inequality is high and when they were made to believe that there was a sharp divide between rich and poor, a new study found. And they were less charitable in both cases than were low-income people."
- The Boston Globe, November 22, 2015: When people struggle to get by, it’s hard to think about saving for later
"From property tax circuit breakers for seniors to senior housing to Social Security and Medicaid, the nation has done much — although Ramos is right, not enough — to make life better for people in their golden years. Meanwhile, for a low-income parent, every dollar saved is one less dollar that can be used to feed a child or pay the rent or spend on community college to get new skills."
- NJ Spotlight, November 22, 2015: Putting the Garden State's Pre-K Education Programs in Perspective
"While the many studies that have tracked the benefits of preschool education are sometimes at odds with one another, research shows that the pre-K provided by the state’s Department of Education to 35 low-income districts has had certain and lasting effects."
- The Huffington Post, November 20, 2015: (Blog) College Admissions Odds Are Stacked Against High Achieving Low-Income Students
"There's a web of college admissions policies and practices whose import is to trip up the low-income but talented student. The so-called legacy preference, which gives added weight to applications from sons and daughters of alumni, is essentially affirmative action for the wealthy student. And in highly selective colleges, even the athletic preference gives an admissions edge for athletes in sports that are dominated by the wealthy -- tennis, lacrosse, squash, crew and equestrian sport -- than for proletarian football and basketball."
- The San Francisco Chronicle, November 20, 2015: Excel prepares low-income S.F. residents for health care jobs
"She was among 18 students, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-40s, graduating from a workforce-development program called Excel (short for excellence through community engagement and learning). Excel prepares students for jobs providing administrative support in health care departments."
- Miami Herald, November 19, 2015: Healthcare unaffordable for many even with insurance
"More Americans have health insurance now than at any time in the past decade, but many are finding that even with coverage they cannot afford the deductibles, co-payments and surprise medical bills that may come with using healthcare, according to results released Friday from a national survey conducted by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund."
- Santa Fe New Mexican, November 19, 2015: Feds back state plan to pair effective teachers with low-income students
"The U.S. Department of Education has given its seal of approval to New Mexico’s plan for providing low-income and minority students with access to effective teachers. The approval means New Mexico is in compliance with Title I requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act."
- The Daily Texan, November 19, 2015: Clean Power Plan cuts costs for low-income communities
"Assistance under the Clean Power Plan comes in the form of the Clean Energy Incentive Program. In this way, states will be awarded extra compliance credit for energy efficiency programs that provide savings to low-income communities. Another aim of this incentive program is to provide jobs for people in these communities."
- Time, November 18, 2015: The 40 Most Affordable Colleges for Low-Income Students
"Nearly every college claims to be “affordable,” but which ones really are? A new benchmark indicates that comparatively few good colleges are fully affordable for the approximately 15 million families earning less than about $48,000. That group makes up more than one-third of all families with children under the age of 18."
- The Huffington Post, November 18, 2015: (Blog) College Admissions for Low-Income Students: A Dose of Reality
"The Coalition announced that it is developing a new college application as an alternative to much-maligned Common App. The goal of this new application is to make applying for college and financial aid easier for low-income students at under-resourced schools."
- Philly.com, November 18, 2015: Politics imperil 2,000 low-income scholarships
"Officials from the state's largest K-8 scholarship program warned Wednesday that Harrisburg politics were jeopardizing $2.5 million for 2,000 new scholarships to help low-income Philadelphia children attend nonpublic schools next year."
- Contra Costa Times, November 18, 2015: Tax proposed to fund low-income housing
"Former housing director Stephen Barton is proposing a tax on large rental property owners' 'windfall profits' to fund housing for low-income residents. Landlord profit 'is going up based on the value the public has created,' Barton said, pointing to city parks, schools, BART and the university as amenities attracting people to Berkeley."
- The New York Times, November 17, 2015: Electing to Ignore the Poorest of the Poor
"How can this be possible, given that support for low-income families has grown substantially since the 1980s? The answer is that even as the government increased its assistance to the poor, it became pickier about which poor it supported."
- EdSource, November 17, 2015: ‘Destined for great things’: Low-income students ask educators to believe they can succeed
"As part of a new school reform campaign, a statewide coalition of students from low-income families is posting statements on Twitter and Facebook that are both poignant and backed by research about system change: If you want schools to improve, they say, believe in us."
- The News & Observer, November 17, 2015: Low income, high stress bad for your health
"A recent study published in medical journal The Lancet suggests that working long hours can increase your risk of a stroke. The study, published in August, found those who worked 55 hours a week or more saw a 33 percent increase in the risk of stroke and 13 percent increase in the risk of coronary heart disease, compared with those who worked 35-40 hours a week. 'These findings suggest that more attention should be paid to the management of vascular risk factors in individuals who work long hours,' the study's authors wrote."
- The Oregonian, November 17, 2015: Why Portland City Council's concern for low-income homebuyers is so unconvincing
"On Wednesday, Portland City Council will consider awarding a $123,000 contract to the nonprofit Portland Housing Center to provide financial fitness classes, counseling and other services to low-income people who'd like to become homeowners. All of this will be useful, of course. But the modest gesture will do little to address two other challenges faced by those who'd like to buy property despite having little money."
- St. Louis Public Radio, November 16, 2015: Report: St. Louis banks improving outreach to underserved communities
"St. Louis area banks are becoming more accessible to low-income and minority neighborhoods. That’s according to a new report released by the St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance."
- Science Codex, November 16, 2015: For low-income children, preventive care more likely in Medicaid, CHIP than under private insurance
"Researchers have found that children in low-income families experience greater access to preventive medical and dental care under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) than children covered by private insurance. However, for all types of insurance coverage, access to pediatric specialty care was a challenge."
- Charleston Gazette-Mail, November 16, 2015: Coalition campaigns for tax credit for low-income workers in WV
"A coalition of 18 citizen and community organizations kicked off a campaign Monday for passage of a state Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers, unveiling a website that shows the economic impact of the credit, by legislative districts."
- Boston Herald, November 15, 2015: Fannie Mae offers added flexibility to borrowers
"For thousands of people across the country who thought they’d never qualify for a mortgage to buy a home, next month could be a key turning point. On Dec. 12, giant investor Fannie Mae goes live with its new HomeReady program that is aimed at credit-worthy buyers who need extra flexibility on debt-to-income ratios, down-payment cash and the sources of the funds they intend to use for ongoing monthly payments."
- NPR, November 13, 2015: Preventable Colon Cancer Deaths Cost The Economy $6.4 Billion
"Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it."
- NBC News, November 13, 2015: White House Commits $100 Million to Empower Low-Income Women of Color
"Thirty leaders from foundations across the U.S. gathered at The White House Friday for a daylong forum on 'Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color.' The forum focused on issues that plague women and girls of color and highlighted the launch of 'Prosperity Together,' a $100 million, 5-year funding initiative aimed at improving economic conditions for low-income women, specifically women and girls of color."
- Los Angeles Times, November 12, 2015: Adult cigarette smoking reaches new low -- but stays stubbornly high among some groups
"The CDC report underscores that the smoking habit has been hardest to extinguish among several categories of American adults -- most notably, the poor. Only 12.9% of adults who have private health insurance continue to smoke cigarettes, but 29.1% of those on Medicaid, the federally funded insurance program for low-income Americans, were current smokers in 2014, the report said. Current smokers make up 27.9% of the uninsured."
- Nashville Public Radio, November 12, 2015: Nashville Housing Officials Drawing Up Blueprint To Get Low-Income Kids Online
"In the next step of a federal initiative called ConnectHome, Nashville officials are trying to come up with an Internet access plan to get more families in public housing online."
- Housing Wire, November 12, 2015: This is why the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit should be priority #1
"Increasing the supply of affordable rental homes through a heightened commitment to policy tools like the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit should be priority number one. This reasoning – promoting homeownership by making rental housing more affordable – may sound counterintuitive, but as da Vinci would say, it’s all connected."
- High Plains Public Radio, November 12, 2015: Kansas Addresses Summer Lunch Program for Low-Income Children
"When it comes to providing summer meals to low-income children, Kansas ranks among the worst states in the nation. In fact, only Oklahoma fares worse in feeding poor children during the summer."
- Forbes, November 11, 2015: The GOP Debate: Squabbles Over Refundable Tax Credits, Deductions And Conservatism
"Last night’s GOP presidential debates highlighted some important tax policy contrasts among the candidates. One thought refundable credits are conservative economic policy while another did not. Nearly all would preserve deductions for mortgage interest and charitable gifts but one would ditch them. One worried about what his rivals’ enormous tax cuts would mean for the budget deficit while most others were unwilling to confront the fiscal consequences of their ideas."
- Nonprofit Quarterly, November 11, 2015: Low-Income Rural Tenants Face Displacement as Rental Assistance Funds Run Out
"Low-income tenants at Woodcreek Apartments in Poulsbo, Washington are facing displacement from their formerly subsidized homes as a new owner undertakes renovations and increases rents."
- Clean Technica, November 11, 2015: New Affordable Solar Program Doubles Incentives For Low-Income New York Homes
"Low- to mid-income New York residents will find it a bit easier, financially-speaking, to get a home solar power system, thanks to the launch of a new program from NY-Sun called, aptly enough Affordable Solar. This program will effectively double the incentives for solar installations on homes owned by low- to moderate-income New Yorkers in a bid to expand renewable energy in residential settings in support of Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) goals."
- Miami Herald, November 10, 2015: Coral Gables adopts additional homestead exemption for low-income seniors
"Coral Gables joined other cities in adopting an additional homestead exemption for elderly, low-income homeowners. This 'local option' exemption is provided through state Amendment 11 which goes beyond the exemption provided by Miami-Dade County for seniors."
- The Charlotte Observer, November 10, 2015: A fresh start for struggling veterans
"He was on hand Tuesday as Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter and others cut the ribbon opening Tyvola Crossing Phase II, a 20-unit apartment complex designed for low-income military veterans like him. Leaders of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, the city of Charlotte, the Veterans Adminstration and an array of local charities celebrated the grand opening of the complex, located off West Tyvola Road in west Charlotte."
- GoSkagit, November 10, 2015: Study finds few low-income Washington residents get civil legal aid
" When Ken Ginnett believed a former landlord was violating state law, he felt he had few options to get legal help, he said. Wanting to do what he thought was right, the Skagit County resident turned to the Northwest Justice Project, a publicly-funded legal aid program designed for those living on limited incomes."
- Med Page Today, November 10, 2015: ACP: Consider Low-Income Patients With Direct Pay
"Physicians opting for cash-only practices must consider the impact that the practice model will have on their community and low-income patients struggling with to access care, the American College of Physicians (ACP) said this week in a policy statement."
- The Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2015: The GOP Candidates’ Tax Plans
"Some candidates would retain a progressive income tax but cut rates and reduce the number of tax brackets. Lower rates are aimed at increasing the incentives for people to work and invest. In many of the plans, the gains are concentrated among high-income households. Most of the plans also collect less money than the current tax system does, increasing budget deficits or requiring spending cuts."
- WNPR, November 9, 2015: Graduation Rates for First-Generation Students Differ Depending on Income
"Across the U.S., low-income, first-generation college students are not graduating at the same rate as some of their wealthier peers. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, last year more than 40 percent of the nation’s young white 20-somethings had completed a bachelor’s degree. But for African Americans, it was about half that rate, and for Hispanics about a third."
- Politico, November 9, 2015: How to Solve America’s Childcare Crisis
"hild care now costs more than in-state college tuition or housing in most states, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute think tank. That high cost means that it’s no surprise that child care is out of reach even for many middle-class families and downright impossible for low-wage workers. Unfortunately, that conclusion isn’t much of a surprise to any mother or father who has tried to go back to work."
- The San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 2015: California must stop offering low-income students fake classes
"In a national first, the state of California has settled with students in a class-action lawsuit over unequal access to learning time. The suit cited cases at two high schools in Oakland and four schools in Southern California in which students had been assigned to bogus courses or assigned to do chores instead of meaningful coursework."
- Idaho Statesman, November 9, 2015: Law students use their skills to help low-income residents with their tax troubles
"The clinic, staffed by law students, offers free legal services for people who have issues with the IRS. Under Lock’s guidance, the lawyers-in-training have helped people resolve audits, appeals and other issues. Clinic staff has also helped taxpayers who can’t pay their tax debts settle those debts, sometimes for as little as $1. The sums of money clients owe are often relatively small. But that’s irrelevant for people without resources."
- Detroit Free Press, November 8, 2015: New program gives expanded care for low-income people
"What Michigan's low-income seniors and disabled people don't know could their make health care a whole lot easier. It also could help them tap into care, such as dental services, that they've long been unable to get."
- The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 7, 2015: Richer Data on College Applicants Help the Prospects of Low-Income Students
"Systematically providing selective colleges with detailed information about applicants’ high-school backgrounds could significantly raise the admission rates of low-income students, a new study concludes. The authors of the study based it on an unusual experiment in which more than 300 admission officers at selective institutions passed judgment on hypothetical applicants from various socioeconomic backgrounds."
- The Florida Times-Union, November 6, 2015: More low-income pool cuts affect upcoming budget talks
"The issue is surfacing again as a budget sticking point ahead of the 2016 session. There was lots of talk during the 2015 session about the Low Income Pool, a federal program used to help hospitals and health clinics treat the uninsured or under-insured. The feds made good on their promise to reduce Florida’s LIP funding, saying it will no longer give the state money to treat people who could get insurance coverage under Medicaid expansion."
- Times of San Diego, November 6, 2015: Cal Fire Program to Plant Trees in Low-Income Urban Areas
"Hundreds of trees will be planted in urban areas of Chula Vista and San Diego under a $1.75 million Cal Fire program, state officials announced Friday. The trees will go into economically disadvantaged neighborhoods that suffer from pollution, including Chollas Creek and Logan Heights."
- Columbus Telegram, November 6, 2015: CCC's largest grant ever helps low-income students in health care field
"The largest grant Central Community College has received will help low-income students achieve educational goals. The $11.9 million Health Profession Opportunity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families will be used to fund and further develop the existing Project HELP (Health Education Laddering Program)."
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.