- Governing, October 21, 2014: Obamacare Signups Lower in Rural Areas
"A Post-Dispatch analysis of enrollments on HealthCare.gov, the government’s online health insurance marketplace, shows where the campaign to expand coverage was successful, and where more work needs to be done when enrollment for 2015 begins on Nov. 15. The analysis, which looked at private plan enrollments by zip code in Missouri and Illinois, indicates that urban and suburban areas had higher rates of marketplace sign-ups than rural locations."
- The Columbian, October 21, 2014: Clark County wage gap has grown since 2002
"Clark County's economy continues to show some signs of progress, as employers expand payrolls and the jobless rate heads downward. But strong job growth has yet to translate to fatter wallets, according to a new analysis by Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department. The median hourly wage for jobs in Clark County ($20.05 in 2013, adjusted for inflation) has remained flat even as the economy has recovered lost jobs and added more after the end of the Great Recession. Meanwhile, the make-up of jobs in the county significantly shifted from 2007 to 2013, with more than 700 middle-income positions vanishing and with more than 1,000 lower-income jobs going away. (Clark County has seen strong recovery in employment since mid-2013, after experiencing major job losses in the economic crash.)"
- NJ.com, October 21, 2014: Union County College, Kean announce partnership to benefit Hispanic and low-income STEM students
"A new partnership between Union County College and Kean University will work to bolster the success of Hispanic and low-income students in science, engineering, technology and math, with support from a $3.25 million federal grant. Officials from both schools Monday announced the collaborative effort, which creates a joint-admissions program between the two institutions in hopes of improving retention, graduation and transfer rates for a student population they said is underrepresented in the sciences."
- Tampa Bay Times, October 21, 2014: (Editorial) St. Petersburg expands opportunity for low-income
"St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, with four City Council members standing with him, announced two modest initiatives Tuesday that could have a huge impact on the pocketbooks and livelihoods of some of the city's lowest-income residents. The city's lowest-paid workers can now make a bit more, and felons will no longer have to immediately identify themselves as such when applying for a city government job. That increases the odds that job applicants will be judged based on their talents, not just their pasts. This is how a city grows best, with opportunity for all."
- AZ Central, October 21, 2014: Metro Phoenix: Multicultural pockets but also swaths of sameness
"The economy and public policy are factors that have affected Arizona's Hispanic population — sometimes disproportionately. In the wake of the Great Recession and the subsequent housing-market crash, the metro Phoenix area lost about 300,000 jobs between 2008 and 2011, according to Hart. A large portion of those were lower-income jobs related to construction."
- The Boston Globe, October 20, 2014: Boston Fed considers ways to bridge income gaps
"The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has long taken an interest in the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income citizens through ground-breaking research and forward-looking initiatives and, at its first conference devoted to income inequality, the bank demonstrated that it plans to continue. The Boston Fed’s Working Cities Challenge program, launched last year, could become a model for struggling cities across the country, Eric S. Rosengren, the Boston Fed president, told the conference Saturday. The program challenged officials, nonprofits, and business leaders in midsize Massachusetts cities with poverty rates above the median to collaborate on three-year plan to help transform their neighborhoods."
- The Atlantic, October 20, 2014: Can Homeless People Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?
"But one group in Baltimore is pushing to help others do officially what Jeremiah did on the fly: take vacant homes and turn them into permanent affordable housing for the homeless. Housing Our Neighbors, part of the Housing Is A Human Right Roundtable, is made up of labor activists, homeowners, and homeless people. The group is currently surveying the McElderry Park neighborhood in Baltimore in order to present the city with a report on the number of vacant homes there. They say the data will show there are far more vacant homes in Baltimore than the city has previously acknowledged, and they argue that those homes should be turned into affordable housing."
- The Washington Post, October 20, 2014: (Blog) Which schools spend the most on poor kids?
" Schools in the Washington region spend wildly different amounts on students per pupil, and districts vary a lot in how much extra they spend on low-income students. While more spending doesn’t guarantee better quality, the discrepancies raise basic questions of fairness."
- U.S. News & World Report, October 20, 2014: 5.6 Million Youths Out of School, Out of Work
"In their annual Opportunity Index, the national campaign Opportunity Nation and Measure of America found that high school graduation rates are up, more adults are going to college and unemployment has dropped drastically since 2011. But poverty rates across the board are essentially unchanged since 2011, and nearly 1 in 7 people between the ages of 16 and 24 are considered disconnected youth, in limbo between school and work."
- New York Daily News, October 20, 2014: Housing facility for formerly homeless, low-income renters opens in the Bronx
"Low-income renters and formerly homeless residents will share a newly opened supportive housing complex in Morrisania. City, state and federal agencies piled up $25 million in tax credits and grants to open a housing complex on Franklin Ave. between E. 170th and E. 169th Sts., to be run by the Manhattan-based Lower East Side Service Center."
- The San Francisco Examiner, October 20, 2014: Thousands of SF public-school students are homeless
"In San Francisco's public schools, the homeless student population nearly tripled during the past 10 years: 844 in the 2004-05 school year compared to last school year's 2,352, according to data from the San Francisco Unified School District. For the past five school years, more than 2,000 students were registered as homeless, including this year's count of 2,094."
- Slate, October 20, 2014: (Blog) Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor
"Educated poor kids are in the exact opposite position. Many attend second- or third-rate (and possibly for-profit) colleges that churn out less-than-useful degrees. And instead of a floor propping them up, their families and friends can act like an anchor pulling them down. A classic example: a college-educated woman who goes home and marries a boyfriend who never made it past high school and has trouble holding down a job. America’s lack of class mobility is still largely a problem of education. As of now, low-income kids have low high-school graduation rates, rarely go to college, and tend not to finish when they do, all of which keeps them out of the middle class."
- HutchNews, October 20, 2014: (Op-Ed) Sex is a luxury only few can afford
"Our country apparently doesn't want low-income Americans to have free access to birth control, either by compelling all insurance plans to offer it or by adequately funding public reproductive health programs. In many schools -- predominantly located in low-income, high-teen-pregnancy areas -- we don't even teach kids how contraception works. We also don't want them to have easy access to abortions when they inevitably get pregnant because they're not using birth control, with states such as Texas and Mississippi trying to shutter their few remaining abortion clinics."
- The Waco Tribune, October 20, 2014: Upward mobility is goal of new Waco low-income housing project
"Innovations include a job- and career-readiness program run by an Austin-based nonprofit group, Skillpoint Alliance. Armed with a $200,000 annual grant, the group will offer adults up to five weeks of training tailored to the needs of major Waco-area employers. It also will offer camps and programs for youth, including a student-led consulting company that will solve 'real-world problems' for local businesses, Skillpoint executive director Margo Dover said."
- The Port Arthur News, October 20, 2014: Why poor kids don't stay in college
"Today, more people than ever are going to college, yet the nation's overall college graduation rate has remained low. Only 59 percent of students who began as freshmen at a four-year college in the fall of 2006 received their diplomas within six years. Meanwhile, the high school completion rate reached a historic high: In 2012, four out of five students graduated high school within four years. College students who come from low-income backgrounds, such as Kellam, 19, see the least chance of college success. They are less likely to begin college, less likely to finish."
- ACHR News, October 20, 2014: Low-Income Families Go Solar
"U.S. government agency and White House officials paid a visit to the home of Kiona Mack, a single mother in the economically challenged Ivy City neighborhood in northeast Washington, District of Columbia, joining volunteers, job trainees, and community partners to install solar panels on her home. The project was led by GRID Alternatives, the country’s largest nonprofit solar installer, which is launching its new mid-Atlantic presence with this neighborhood project to install solar energy systems on 10 Habitat for Humanity of Washington D.C. homes."
- The Daily Californian, October 19, 2014: Report finds grants, scholarships not keeping pace with costs of college
"A report released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan think tank, found that grants and scholarships have failed to keep up with rising costs of higher education. The total cost of attending college increased as prices for books, fees, room, board and other living expenses rose. The study found that aid to students has not kept pace with these additional costs and that more low-income students may be unable to cover the price of higher education."
- Omaha Public Radio, October 18, 2014: Insurance to change for some low-income Iowans
"One of two health insurers providing coverage to low-income Iowa residents through a state program is withdrawing its services. The Iowa Department of Human Services announced Friday that CoOportunity Health will soon no longer be an insurance option for those enrolled the Iowa Health and Wellness Program, the modified Medicaid expansion offered as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul."
- Long Beach Press-Telegram, October 18, 2014: Long Beach program trains low-income youth in specialized fields
"For seven years, the Long Beach Community Action Partnership has provided opportunities for low-income youths to receive training in fields such as digital photography and music production. Through the partnership’s Leadership Academy & Mentoring Program (LAMP), middle and high school students study subjects in highly specialized fields in courses taught by industry professionals. Each semester, up to 50 students are accepted into the after-school program, and many of them have gone on to enter careers in arts and entertainment, according to Darick Simpson, the partnership’s executive director."
- The Huffington Post, October 17, 2014: (Op-Ed) Mayor De Blasio's Bold Move: Putting Low Income Kids and Families First
"New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the allocation of $130 million in taxpayer funds to repair 35 parks and playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods. This will form the substance of the mayor's 'park equity' plan, an important first step toward recognizing that all kids, especially those growing up in poverty, need access to safe places to play."
- Kansas City Public Radio, October 17, 2014: Low-Income Property Developer Files Fair Housing Complaint Against Kansas City
"A Maine-based development company that owns several low-income housing units in Kansas City, Mo., filed a federal fair housing complaint against the city Thursday. The Eagle Point Companies alleges the city and various city officials intentionally discriminated 'against African-Americans who reside and/or who seek to reside in Bainbridge, Georgian Court and Linda Vista Apartments located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri,' according to the complaint."
- Vox, October 17, 2014: Janet Yellen is concerned about America's low-income children
"Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke Friday on a key economic issue that Fed Chairs have rarely addressed at length: inequality. Speaking at a Boston Federal Reserve Bank conference, Yellen decried the US's growing inequality, saying it 'greatly concerns her.' The speech touches on a wide range of areas, including affordable higher education, economic mobility, and inheritances."
- NewsOK, October 18, 2014: (Op-Ed) Low-income advocate: Solar subsidies bring concerns about costs
"While these subsidies do encourage placement of solar panels, there are greater costs that most bureaucrats don’t consider: Who is ultimately footing the bill? In this case, the money used to help pay for the solar panels comes from taxes and the electricity rates paid by all, including low-income residents."
- Nation Swell, October 17, 2014: How Texting Can Improve the Health of Babies Born to Low-income Mothers
"One tool that reaches low-income Americans is Text4Baby, which can help expectant low-income and teenage mothers give birth to healthy babies, writes Jill Duffy for PC Magazine. Text4Baby is a free service that sends pregnant women and new moms text-sized bits of wisdom and advice to support their health and parenting skills. The messages, which are available in either Spanish or English, are also tailored according to the zip code of the mother and the due date of the baby or age of the child."
- WPTZ, October 17, 2014: Best colleges for low-income students
"A new list of rankings published by CollegeNet, a higher-education technology company, and Payscale lists the top schools for lower-income students. The 'social mobility index' created by CollegeNet and Payscale highlights schools that do the best job of helping disadvantaged students graduate with the ability to start a career free of crushing levels of debt. Five criteria determine the SMI rankings: tuition, percentage of the student body from low-income households, graduation rate, salaries of grads once they start working, and the size of each school’s endowment. Take a look at the top 10."
- The Washington Post, October 16, 2014: (Op-Ed) America may never have a draft again. But we’re still punishing low-income men for not registering
"The odds of this country returning to a draft are almost zero, but the price for failure to register is high and is largely born by the men who can ill afford to pay it: high school dropouts, disconnected inner city residents, ex-offenders and immigrants — legal and unauthorized — who do not know that failure to register can jeopardize citizenship. In other words, those precisely in need of the type of job training, education and citizenship opportunities that could help move them from the margins to the mainstream."
- The Atlantic, October 16, 2014: A Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students
"The Cristo Rey Columbus High School is part of the now 28-school network founded in Chicago by Jesuit priest John P. Foley in 1995. The schools are strategically located in cities large enough to have a needy urban population, a supportive local Catholic diocese, and cooperative, deep-pocketed businesses. Columbus, which is an energetic, creative, and generous city, fit the bill perfectly. The mission of the schools, as James Ragland described it, is to break the cycle of poverty through education."
- ThinkProgress, October 16, 2014: (Op-Ed) San Diego Considers Giving The Homeless One-Way Bus Tickets Out Of Town
"The Port of San Diego is weighing a new proposal for how to handle its homeless residents: send them somewhere else. Commissioners for the Port of San Diego, a self-supporting public benefit corporation that governs the port area of San Diego, considered a plan on Tuesday to fund one-way bus tickets for homeless people living along the bay. A recent survey found 8,506 homeless people living in San Diego County, nearly half of whom were not in a shelter. An August count found more than 900 homeless people living near the San Diego Bay."
- Dubuque Telegraph Herald, October 16, 2014: Report: More than half of Illinois students low income
"The Illinois State Board of Education released statistics showing that more than half of public school students in the state are considered low-income, and for the first time, less than half of public school students are white. The agency said Wednesday that the state’s white public school student population has dropped to 49.9 percent, while its Hispanic population has grown to 24.6 percent. It also said 51.5 percent of all Illinois public school students are considered low-income."
- KITV4, October 16, 2014: State helps homeless prepare for Tropical Storm Ana Read more: http://www.kitv.com/news/state-helps-homeless-prepare-for-tropical-storm-ana/29180608#ixzz3GQ7aZbJo
"'The big idea of how we ride out storms is we shelter in place, but the idea is you have the structure necessary. But if you're living out on the streets, obviously, you don't have shelter,' Hawaii Coordinator on Homelessness Colin Kippen said. There are thousands of homeless people in Hawaii. State and local officials said they plan to open shelters for them, but that's only half of the battle. The other half is convincing the homeless to leave."
- The San Luis Obispo Tribune, October 16, 2014: New Arroyo Grande apartments welcome low-income families
"The apartments are intended for households that earn 30 percent to 60 percent of San Luis Obispo County’s median income, with monthly rents ranging from about $400 to $900. The median income for a family of four is $77,000, county officials said."
- The Boston Globe, October 15, 2014: With funding low, many legal cases going undefended
"Massachusetts legal aid organizations turned away nearly two-thirds of people qualifying for civil legal assistance over the last year due to a lack of funding, leaving thousands of low-income residents without representation in cases from domestic violence to foreclosure, according to the findings of a statewide task force to be released Wednesday. More than 30,000 low-income clients were denied legal services in 2013, meaning many were unable to pursue cases or were left to represent themselves in court, where they often lost their cases, according to the 37-page report."
- The Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2014: (Op-Ed) U.S. must do more to reduce homelessness among female veterans
"For female veterans, homelessness is an especially dire predicament. They are more likely to be divorced and single parents, sharing this extreme hardship with the most vulnerable in our society — young children. And the majority of VA homeless programs lack congressional authority to provide services to spouses and children of veterans."
- SFGate, October 15, 2014: Rhode Island to get $24.6M in low-income heat aid
"Rhode Island is receiving $24.6 million in federal heating assistance for low-income residents. The announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, who said the money is a $3.9 million increase over last year's initial allocation for the program."
- WUNC, October 15, 2014: 'Too Good To Be True' - Hundreds Of NC Schools Offer Free Meals To All Kids
"About 650 schools throughout the state are opting into a program to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students. It is part of a new program called Community Eligibility Provision, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The idea is to allow schools with high percentages of low-income children to offer free meals for all, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals."
- Roxby Downs Sun, October 15, 2014: Smart phone app to help low-income households
"A new free smart phone app will help low-income households manage cost of living expenses by providing information on programs and services available to them. The app, 'Affordable SA', was developed in conjunction with the Salvation Army for Anti-Poverty Week 2014."
- Time, October 14, 2014: Poverty the Biggest Factor in Whether Students Go to College
"Income level is the greatest indicator of whether a high school graduate will attend college, according to a study released Tuesday. The National Student Clearinghouse looked at more than 3.5 million graduates of public high schools over the past several years, and found that high school graduates from schools with more poor people are significantly less likely to attend college than their counterparts at schools with majority middle-to-upper-income level students."
- The Washington Post, October 14, 2014: D.C. mayor’s plan to close troubled homeless shelter draws questions
"Gray’s plan calls for leasing or constructing six buildings across the city that would each house up to 50 homeless families. Privately owned buildings would be renovated by landlords and turned over to the city as shelters by fall 2015. Once the smaller shelters are open, the city would demolish the nearly 300-room facility at the former D.C. General Hospital. The plan would come with a price tag of at least $52 million. It is contingent on identifying vacant buildings and charitable landlords willing to provide housing for the city’s poorest families — a hurdle the plan’s critics called too high."
- PBS Newshour, October 14, 2014: Numbers on homeless students likely too low
"The numbers marked a grim record for the U.S., which saw a steady surge in homeless students over the last six years fueled by the recession and historic rates of home foreclosures. Yet accurately estimating the number of homeless students can be extremely difficult for school districts and the federal government. According to the latest data, roughly 75 percent of the nation’s homeless youth are living in what’s known as 'doubled-up' situations, meaning they are forced to share temporary housing with friends, relatives or anyone willing to take them in. The students living in this type of housing — which can include motels, trailer parks and campgrounds — are entitled to help from their local schools but do not qualify for assistance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development."
- Lincoln Journal Star, October 14, 2014: Commission asks Legislature to pick up funding for programs for low-income students
"Endangered programs providing grants and scholarships to low-income Nebraska students are the focus of the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education’s budget priorities. The Access College Early (ACE) grant, which paid for 1,700 qualifying students to earn college credits last year, will lose $285,000 in U.S. Department of Education funding next August. ACE Plus, which provides scholarships to college freshmen and sophomores who successfully completed the ACE program, is set to lose $300,000 in federal funding. Meeting Tuesday, the Coordinating Commission approved asking the Legislature to appropriate a total of $600,000 in state general funds for both programs, as well as increase the funding in both by $100,000 over the next two years."
- Crossville Chronicle, October 14, 2014: $1.3 million for low income residents' job training
"The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $1,380,597 to help public housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents throughout Tennessee connect with local services to improve their education and employment and to put them on a path to self-sufficiency. Crossville Housing Authority will received $53,706 for the program. Funded through HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), these grants allow public housing agencies (PHAs) to work with social service agencies, community colleges, businesses, and other local partners to help public housing residents and individuals participating in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program to increase their education or gain marketable skills that will enable them to obtain employment and advance in their current work."
- The Washington Post, October 13, 2014: Next D.C. mayor will have to act fast on homelessness this winter
"When the new mayor takes office in January, he or she will probably step into a crisis. An estimated 850 families are projected to be homeless this winter. That’s a 16 percent increase from the year before, when an earlier surge sent city officials scrambling to fulfill their legal obligation to provide shelter when temperatures dip below freezing."
- Next City, October 13, 2014: L.A. to Spend $213M on High-Tech Help for Homeless
"Last month, a group of public and private interests, including the L.A. Housing Authority, L.A. County Health Services and the Chamber of Commerce, earmarked $213 million to broaden a computerized system that links the homeless population with necessary services. The local United Way will manage the “coordinated entry system,” and some of the funding will go toward 1,400 vouchers for permanent housing. The remainder will go to hire case workers to ease the transition for participating agencies."
- The Salt Lake Tribune, October 13, 2014: (Editorial) Utah Republicans starting to take on poverty
"Utah Republicans, elected at the state and national level, are starting to realize that the poor have always been with us. And that that’s not a good thing. And that the rich and powerful should be doing something about it. Something to break the cycle of poverty, passed down from generation to generation in the same way wealth is inherited in more fortunate families."
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, October 13, 2014: Nonprofit hopes to bring collaborative divorce to low-income couples
"Since the 1990s, affluent couples who wanted to get divorced without protracted courthouse wrangling have turned to collaborative divorce, a process that employs extra specialists to help work out a split. Now, with the formation of a new nonprofit foundation, proponents of the process are working to provide its benefits to low-income families in Wisconsin for free, or nearly free."
- The Huffington Post, October 13, 2014: Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College
"A report released Tuesday by the research branch of the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse, which examined data from more than 3.5 million high school graduates, found that poverty remains a more important indicator of whether a student will go to college than high school demographics or location. Class of 2013 students from low-minority, low-income, suburban and rural schools were the least likely to have enrolled in college by last fall --in the semester immediately following their graduation -- according to the report."
- The Boston Herald, October 13, 2014: Helping homeless help themselves
"A year later, Nicholson crowd funded nearly $2,000 for the man, who would be the first candidate for a program he developed to help the homeless get back on their feet, one at a time. They are still in the process of looking for housing, which Nicholson said has been the most difficult task."
- The Oregonian, October 13, 2014: ABA President calls for reform to meet legal needs of the low-income
"Only a quarter of the legal needs of America's poor are being met, which has led to a chaotic mess of non-lawyers attempting to represent themselves and clogging the courts in serious legal proceedings like child custody and eviction hearings. William Hubbard, president of the American Bar Association, addressed the resulting 'justice gap,' at a meeting of the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA in Portland over the weekend. Though it's been near the top of the ABA's agenda for a decade, the gap has only gotten worse, he said."
- The Bismarck Tribune, October 12, 2014: N.D. schools see hike in students deemed homeless
" As enrollment continues to surge at schools in North Dakota’s oil country, the number of students deemed homeless under federal regulations is also increasing. The spike of homeless students is an effect of the housing shortage in the Bakken area. Students are deemed homeless under federal law when they 'lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.' Students living in motels, hotels, trailer parks and campgrounds are considered homeless."
- The Washington Post, October 13, 2014: Freshmen from Gettysburg learn about D.C. homeless people by working with them
"Fee and his students were on their way to D.C. Central Kitchen to help staff members prepare some of the 5,000 meals for the needy. This visit marks the 12th consecutive year that Fee has brought students to Washington from his Pennsylvania school as part of the homeless class. Its aims go well beyond a student service trip. Students work next to homeless people, sleep next to them in shelters and get to know them."
- The Boston Herald, October 10, 2014: (Op-Ed) Cops fight hunger as well as crime
"And for almost two years now, they’ve spent their Saturday mornings making sure residents across the B-3 district of Mattapan do not go without the staff of life … or muffins, or coffee rolls, or cookies for their kids."
- ABC Eyewitness News, October 10, 2014: Thousands of families lose child care subsidies under new budget
"A change in the way the state determines eligibility for child care subsidies is affecting thousands of low-income families across North Carolina. The new law took effect Oct. 1 after state legislators passed the budget to open up space for disadvantaged children under the age of six on a wait list to get help. However, according to the Fiscal Research Division, the move removed funding for nearly 12,000 school-aged children."
- CNS News, October 10, 2014: Survey: 1 in 3 Seniors Went Without Medical Care Due to High Energy Prices
"More than one in three low-income seniors, or 41 percent, has already gone without medical or dental care because of high energy bills, according to a survey included in a newly released report. And things will only get worse for seniors, says the 60 Plus Association, as states scramble to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon-reduction rules."
- Buffalo Business First, October 10, 2014: State funds new low-income housing projects in Niagara, Cattaraugus
"Nonprofit service providers in Niagara and Cattaraugus counties will receive nearly $3 million from the state for new supportive housing units for homeless and low-income residents. The funding is part of a $40 million allocation from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s (OTDA) Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP)."
- Lafayette Journal & Courier, October 10, 2014: Hunger on the rise in local schools
"In recent years, the demographic shift at public schools in Tippecanoe County has been dramatic. Where the overwhelming majority of families once could pay full price for their child's school meals, most students now come from families at or below the federal poverty level and rely on the federal government's free and reduced meal program."
- News Observer, October 10, 2014: Challenge to end hunger brings needed results
"Today, North Carolina ranks among the worst states for food insecurity. According to a 2014 Hunger in America Study, almost 20 percent of children in North Carolina under the age of 18 live in food insecure environments. And of North Carolina households receiving food assistance, 81 percent report that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Part of the problem appears to be getting food to children. In a recent Hunger Research report by the UNC School of Government, 71 percent of eligible children receive free and reduced price school lunch while only 34 percent of eligible children get free and reduced price breakfast."
- The Boston Globe, October 9, 2014: In Bowdoin-Geneva, hope for the homeless and the neighborhood
"On Wednesday, Washington’s new home was officially introduced to the neighborhood, which has endured years of violence and privation amid fitful campaigns to spark a renaissance. Pine Street Inn, which runs the residence, hosted an opening celebration. The building, named St. Peter’s, has 32 studio apartments, all but one of which are for homeless men and women. The property is representative of Pine Street’s efforts to shift from focusing on emergency shelter services."
- The New York Times, October 9, 2014: Policy Change Could Benefit New York’s Landlords and Tenants
"In a policy shift that could help New York City retain its existing supply of affordable housing, the state will allow owners of hundreds of mixed-income rental buildings to sell most of their apartments as long as they permanently preserve their low-income rentals or increase their number. The new policy guidelines apply to existing rental buildings that participate in government programs offering subsidies such as bond financing and tax breaks to property owners who set 20 percent of apartments aside for low-income households."
- The Missoulian, October 9, 2014: Missoula gets $600K grant to help low-income families buy homes
"The city of Missoula has received a $600,000 grant to assist low-income households to provide down payment and closing cost assistance to prospective homebuyers, according to an announcement from Gov. Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce director Meg O’Leary. The funding comes through the Montana Home Investment Partnerships Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Department of Commerce."
- Democrat & Chronicle, October 9, 2014: Local developer donates $900K to fund low-income housing
"A dream that has been fulfilled is now helping others. Funds used for low-income housing decades ago are being recycled to fund more low-income housing. The I.C. Housing Development Fund Co., Inc., the local non-profit developer of the James A. Dobson Apartments, announced Wednesday it has donated nearly $900,000 to six Rochester-area agencies and 11 historically black colleges and universities."
- Health Affairs, October 9, 2014: (Blog) Health Affairs Web First: New Study Shows Low-Income Residents In Three States Support Medicaid Expansion
"Expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to millions of low-income adults has been controversial. However, little is known what these Americans themselves think about Medicaid. A new study, recently released as a Web First by Health Affairs, surveyed nearly 3,000 low-income adults in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas (states that have adopted different approaches for Medicaid expansion)."
- The Orange County Register, October 9, 2014: More preschool slots for low-income kids
"Garden Grove and Westminster preschools are receiving a financial boost. The Westminster School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove will each receive state funding to increase the number of students from families with lower incomes that their programs can accommodate. The funding is part of a statewide initiative, announced last week by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and state Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, that will provide money to add 7,500 preschool slots throughout California."
- The New York Times, October 8, 2014: In Gentrification’s Shadow, a Campground for the Homeless in Brooklyn
"To hear the campers’ stories is to glimpse the underbelly of South Park Slope, a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood where Mr. Pastore and Mr. Grillo have spent most of their lives as longtime friends and now watch the influx of fine restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Within several blocks of their tent, the men can see the luxury buildings that have sprung up among the older prewar rowhouses."
- U.S. News & World Report, October 8, 2014: Low-Income Adults Favor Medicaid Expansion, Survey Finds
"Low-income adults in the United States are strong supporters of Medicaid expansion, new research shows. They also view coverage provided by Medicaid -- the publicly funded insurance program for the poor -- as equal to or better than private health insurance, the study from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed."
- The Huffington Post, October 8, 2014: (Blog) National Alliance Vows to Increase Degree-Attainment for Low-Income Higher Ed Students
"The U.S. is facing substantial performance gaps within higher education. High-income students are seven times more likely to attain a college degree than low-income students, exacerbating income inequality. The country is projected to be three million college graduates short of what we need to fill expected jobs in 2016 if we are to retain our competitive edge in an increasingly global economy."
- 4WWL, October 8, 2014: Legal group works to get Medicaid for homeless
"Southeast Louisiana legal services has a 98 percent success rate in getting those benefits for clients like Shepherd, so that they can get the housing and medical care they need. The free legal help clinic is just one of the agencies in the city working to end chronic homelessness."
- Bloomberg News, October 8, 2014: No Disney Fun for Orlando Workers as Poverty Nears 20%
"It costs a family of five about $1,500 for a four-day pass to the theme parks at Disney World near Orlando, Florida. It takes Weston Vlier, who drives a bus there, four weeks to earn that much. 'If nobody is able to help us out with food, we just don’t eat,' said the 42-year-old father of three who makes less than $25,000 per year. 'I can’t even pay my rent this week.' Vlier belongs to a growing class of working poor in Orlando, which has the lowest median pay among the 50 most-populous American metropolitan areas, according to U.S. Labor Department data. Three of the city’s largest employers, including Walt Disney Co. (DIS), increased starting pay this year. Even after Disney raised its minimum wage to $10 per hour, Vlier still lives below the federal poverty line."
- ValueWalk, October 8, 2014: Federal Home Loan Banks Contributed $4.4 Billion To Low-Income Housing In 2013
"The FHL Banks are involved in a variety of of low-income housing and community development activities through the Affordable Housing Program (AHP), Community Investment Program (CIP) and Community Investment Cash Advance Program (CICA). Through these federally mandated programs, the FHL banks provide grants and loans (called advances) to their members, and the members distribute these funds to benefit a range of very low- and low- or moderate-income households and communities."
- The Augusta Chronicle, October 8, 2014: Veteran housing project Freedom's Path files for funding again
"The developers of Freedom’s Path, a low-income housing complex aimed at ending veteran homelessness in the Augusta area, have filed a new tax-credit application for the state’s 2014 funding cycle, after a legal dispute last year threatened to kill the project."
- Deseret News, October 7, 2014: Affordable housing helps prevent, cures homelessness in Utah, new report says
"Affordable housing is not only a key to preventing homelessness, it's the cure to chronic homelessness, officials say. But Utah's needs far outstrip the state's ability to build affordable housing. Utah needs some 44,000 units of affordable housing statewide to keep pace with demand, according to federal and state estimates."
- The Courier-Post, October 7, 2014: First-period school breakfast attracts more kids
"The number of state low-income children eating breakfast at school jumped 55 percent in the past four years, according to an annual report released Tuesday by Advocates for Children of New Jersey. Nearly all major urban school districts now serve breakfast 'after the bell,' according to Nancy Parello, spokeswoman for the nonprofit."
- The Sacramento Bee, October 7, 2014: Supervisors delay decision on homeless shelters
"As local church leaders raise funds to house homeless people this winter, Sacramento County supervisors backed off from a proposal Tuesday that would have restricted shelters operated by religious organizations. The proposal would have limited shelters from housing more than 125 people and operating more than 30 days a year. Supervisors were originally scheduled to consider the restrictions as part of a larger zoning code overhaul but tabled the issue after complaints from homeless advocates."
- WABC-TV New York, October 7, 2014: DeBlasio administration invests $130 million to rebuild low-income community parks
"The de Blasio administration has invested $130 million into a new initiative to recreate 35 parks in low-income communities, the mayor announced Tuesday at Bowne Park in Queens, one of the sites to be rebuilt. Around 220,000 New Yorkers living within a 10-minute walk of targeted parks will benefit from the Community Parks Initiative (CPI). CPI is part of a bigger plan framed by NYC Parks to increase the accessibility, quality, amenities and maintenance of New York City's parks across the five boroughs."
- The Clarion-Ledger, October 7, 2014: Health advocates decry lack of Miss. Medicaid expansion
"Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said Tuesday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation. If the state were to extend Medicaid, as allowed under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law, many low-wage workers could receive coverage that would enable them to afford doctors' visits, prescriptions and medical supplies, said Roy Mitchell of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program."
- CBS Minnesota, October 7, 2014: Mpls. Gets $3.4M To Rid Low-Income Homes Of Lead-Based Paint, Hazards
"The City of Minneapolis will be ridding 280 low-income homes of lead-based paint and other hazards thanks to a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The city says the funds will be focused on homes with children under 6 who already have been lead poisoned."
- The Clay Center Dispatch, October 7, 2014: Your local Housing Authority helps low-income citizens (Subscription Only)
"The HUD funding bills for 2015 provide $769 million less for HUD programs than FY 2014. Underfunding HUD programs undermines the goals of helping low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and many others to live in safe, stable, affordable housing and revitalize their communities."
- The Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2014: Income Inequality and Rising Health-Care Costs (Subscription Only)
"A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey reports that health-insurance premiums rose by a 'modest' 3% in 2013. Even more modest, however, was the 2.3% growth of workers’ earnings last year. These figures merely illustrate a long-term trend of rising health costs eating away at wages. The real story is even more dramatic: Government data show that health costs are the biggest driver of income inequality in America today."
- NC Policy Watch, October 6, 2014: Widespread poverty persists, work and income supports help offset economic pain
"The gains of economic growth from 2012 to 2013 passed over low- and moderate-income North Carolinians for yet another year, according to data released by the US Census Bureau last month. Poverty and stagnant living standards in North Carolina have become the norm during the current economic recovery. High rates of hardship persist because of the state’s ongoing job shortage and the rapid acceleration of low-wage work that fails to provide a pathway to the middle class."
- The Denver Post, October 6, 2014: Report: Middle-, low-income Americans donating more to charity
"Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Chronicle, a leading source of news coverage of the nonprofit world, said in a report being released Monday that Americans who earned $200,000 or more reduced the share of their income they gave to charity by 4.6 percent from 2006 to 2012. Those earning less than $100,000 donated 4.5 percent more of their income, the report said."
- The Wichita Eagle, October 6, 2014: Low-income Wichitans face barriers in finding healthier foods
"A new study released by the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita has found specific barriers preventing Wichitans in three ZIP codes from buying healthier foods. Last year, the coalition discovered 44 square miles in Wichita considered food deserts — areas where low-income residents have little to no access to healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and who live more than a mile from a full-service grocery store."
- Financial Advisor, October 6, 2014: Low Income, High Debt Reduce Saving By Young Adults
"Battered by low incomes and high debt, fewer young adults aged 18 to 34 are trying to save, the Consumer Federation of America reported Monday. CFA’s America Saves project found in a poll that the percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds trying to save has dropped from 66 percent to 57 percent in the last year, while those who have a personal interest in savings declined from 77 percent to 68 percent."
- The Clarion-Ledger, October 6, 2014: (Op-Ed) Income inequality matters
"Recent economic news from Standard & Poor's should be getting Mississippi political leaders' attention. Mississippi's income gap between the richest and poorest state residents is hurting state revenues. And it is one major reason the state's economic growth is lagging behind the rest of the nation."
- Business Insider, October 6, 2014: Online Tool May Help Low-income People Quit Smoking
"In a preliminary trial, an interactive website developed in England called StopAdvisor was found to be especially helpful to low-income people in quitting smoking. Health researchers worry that people with low income or low education levels may be left out when it comes to digital innovations in health and wellness, but in this study, poorer participants benefited even more from the online tool than wealthier ones."
- The New York Times, October 5, 2014: In Living Wage Law’s Evolution, a Peek at Policymaking in the de Blasio Era
"In February, city officials told reporters that Mr. de Blasio would eliminate all but three of the existing law’s big exemptions. As time passed, though, that plan began to change. What emerged last week when Mr. de Blasio finally signed his executive order was a widely hailed expansion of the law that significantly increases the living wage to $13.13 an hour from $11.90 an hour, for workers who do not receive benefits."
- Kansas First News, October 5, 2014: VA gets $207 million in funding to fight homelessness
"The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday said they would dedicate $62 million toward a rental-assistance program that could bring more than 9,000 chronically homeless veterans off the streets. The move came one day after VA Secretary Robert McDonald announced an additional $207 million in funding for rapid-assistance grants to help up to 70,000 veterans and their families keep their homes or return to permanent housing."
- Tampa Bay Times, October 5, 2014: QuestBridge gets low-income achievers into high-level colleges
"The growth of QuestBridge has broader lessons for higher education — and for closing the yawning achievement gap between rich and poor teenagers. College admissions officers attribute the organization's success to the simplicity of its approach to students. It avoids mind-numbingly complex talk of financial-aid forms and formulas that scare away so many low-income families. QuestBridge instead gives students a simple message: If you get in, you can go."
- The Journal Times, October 5, 2014: Help for homeless vets
"Although he might not have been considered homeless in the eyes of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, he faced many of the same obstacles to finding permanent housing and employment as an estimated 49,933 homeless veterans in the U.S. Ending veteran homelessness by 2015 has been a goal of President Barack Obama's administration — one that HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs have been working on jointly since 2008."
- The State, October 5, 2014: Columbia set to open S.C.’s first Homeless Court
"Come January, the Capital City will have South Carolina’s first Homeless Court intended to help get people off the streets and their lives back on track, supporters said last week. The new court is Columbia’s latest attempt at dealing with a large homeless population in the city center, a complex issue that has persisted despite years of effort."
- Townhall, October 4, 2014: CO Welfare Recipients Illegally Spend Nearly $500K on Alcohol
"Despite the tiny fact that purchasing alcohol with welfare money is illegal in Colorado, nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money was used in liquor stores across the state over the past two years."
- Marketplace, October 3, 2014: One in seven U.S. homes is food insecure
"The unemployment rate fell below 6 percent for the first time since July 2008, but people are still struggling. They're either dropping out of the labor force or can only get a part-time job. Here's an interesting trend. That share of the population, what's known as the U6 rate, tracks pretty closely with the share of Americans who receive food assistance through the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP."
- AlJazeera, October 3, 2014: US: The battle to make a living
"With an American labour movement in tatters, and strikes now virtually unheard of, thousands of vulnerable and replaceable workers are taking to the streets, demanding they be paid a living wage. This development - marked most recently in early September by worker walkouts and street demonstrations totalling thousands of workers across the country - is a testament to effective organising, to be sure. But it is far more than that. It is a reflection of the desperation of working people across the US. Minimum and low-wage jobs don't pay enough for people to survive, but those are the only jobs an increasing number of Americans can find."
- Providence Journal, October 3, 2014: Middle and low-income families are having a hard time finding affordable housing
"Most Rhode Islanders are dealing with personal budgets strained by rising housing costs, according to a new report from HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University. But the state’s middle- and low-income residents have been impacted the most since 2000, as they faced falling wages in addition to escalating prices for buying and renting homes, the report found."
- The Salt Lake Tribune, October 3, 2014: Utah charter schools score low on diversity
"Charter school students in Utah are whiter and wealthier than their traditional public school counterparts, according to a report released this week. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked Utah 24th out of 26 states for the health of its charter school movement, with Utah scoring low marks for racial and economic diversity."
- The Leaf-Chronicle, October 3, 2014: College savings program helps low-income families
"The Tennessee Treasury Department is announcing a program to help low-income families build college savings. Under Tennessee Investments Preparing Scholars, the state will provide enhanced matches for money invested by families that have accounts in the Treasury Department’s TNStars college savings program and meet the income requirements."
- The Fort Scott Tribune, October 3, 2014: Understanding poverty means understanding mindset
"The topic of poverty was examined through group discussion and analysis Thursday afternoon in the Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College. About 30 people attended a free workshop entitled 'Bridges out of Poverty' inside the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center to learn more about the hidden rules of poverty, middle class and wealth in order to have a better understanding of the driving forces behind the three socioeconomic classes."
- International Business Times, October 3, 2014: Google Fiber Isn't Reaching Low-Income Households
"Google’s proclaimed mission with the rollout of its Google Fiber broadband service is to bridge the 'digital divide,' providing affordable but screaming-fast Internet speeds to areas that would otherwise not see them. But data suggest that Google is far from reaching a less financially well-off audience — exactly the people who might benefit from such a service."
- People's World, October 3, 2014: N.Y. and D.C low-wage workers win big
"More than 200,000 low-wage workers got two big wins in two days. On Sept. 30, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order mandating a living wage for employees who toil for city contractors. Then, on Oct. 1, the Obama administration's Labor Department (DOL) issued final rules implementing a $10.10 hourly minimum for workers who toil for federal contractors."
- Fox Business, October 2, 2014: University of Chicago launches unusual strategy to enroll more low-income students
"As selective colleges try to increase economic diversity among their undergraduates, the University of Chicago announced Wednesday that it's embarking on an unusual effort to enroll more low-income students, including the elimination of loans in its aid packages. What's more, the elite school will no longer expect financial-aid students to hold jobs during the school year and application fees will be waived for families seeking aid. The initiative includes scholarships, career guidance and a guarantee of paid summer internships, officials said as they announced the No Barriers program. The university will offer more than 100 workshops across the nation to demystify the admissions and financial aid process."
- Chicago Tribune, October 2, 2014: (Op-Ed) Create more opportunities for low-income families
"In theory, low-income families with housing choice vouchers can rent homes in any community with better opportunities. But in practice, most of the 60,000 Illinois families with vouchers are not 'moving up' to a place with access to critical basics: quality schools, good jobs and reliable public transportation."
- The Washington Post, October 2, 2014: (Blog) In effort to end veteran homelessness by 2015, this $270 million doesn’t hurt
"The Obama administration has announced a new round of funding to help meet its goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, pumping nearly $270 million into programs aimed at addressing the problem. The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday said they would dedicate $62 million toward a rental-assistance program that could bring more than 9,000 chronically homeless veterans off the streets."
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.