"One little-recognized reality of poverty in America is how closely it lurks beneath the surface of even a successful professional life. A bad career turn, a couple of financial missteps, and -- here comes the dizzying plunge from middle class to underclass."
"As Gallup points out, the insecurity of younger adults and those with lower incomes may relate to the increased likelihood that those groups live in urban areas or in lower-income housing where 'crime may be more prevalent than in more secluded high-income housing.'"
"The debate and discussion about the recently approved tuition increases has been marked by misinformation. So, let’s start off by dispensing two myths. The first myth is that tuition increases will hurt students from lower-income families. In fact, low-income families will have better access to UC Berkeley with the tuition increase than they would with […]
"A study commissioned by the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services with the support of the Tennessee Bar Association has found that more than 60 percent of vulnerable Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need. The goal of the study was to examine the effectiveness of delivering legal ass […]
"Illinois was named one of five states that imposes a state income tax burden of more than $200 on families living at the national poverty level ($23,624 a year in 2013) by the National Center for Children in Poverty, the second-highest in the country. This is in contrast to the federal income tax breaks that are often offered to these same families. Th […]
"Student poverty in Gwinnett and across the state, has soared over the past decade, freighting classrooms with hungry, tired and sometimes ill-disciplined students. In 2002, when Oakley moved to Gwinnett, 21 percent of the district’s students qualified for free or reduced-price school meals, a common index of poverty. By last year, 55 percent qualified. […]
"Getting smarter about getting food to those in need would have tremendous impact on the 49 million people in the U.S. suffering from food insecurity. Many of these people are also counted among the nearly 47 million renters paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing. And research has shown that when people are affordably housed, they spend […]
"A new task force is being formed a year after a study put Charlotte at the very bottom of a list of 50 big cities in terms of options for people to climb out of poverty. The task force was first proposed by County Commission Chair Trevor Fuller back in January."
"However, as indicated in the recent arresting report from Mass. Budget and Policy Center: From Poverty to Opportunity: The Challenge of Building a Great Society, the child poverty rate in Massachusetts has risen significantly from 9 percent in 1970 to 16 percent in 2013. That is a very strong statement on how the war on poverty is going in the Commonwe […]
"White was one of more than 30 people who attended a public meeting at City Hall in Gallatin on Friday to learn more about the HOME grant, a federally funded program that helps with the preservation and rehabilitation of housing for low income households."