"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, laun […]
" 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."
"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 […]
"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 1 […]
"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."
"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 […]
"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 boyfrie […]
"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. […]
"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 […]
"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 st […]