Tuesday, April 15, 2014
How President Obama's New Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Proposal Will Help 13.5 Million Low Income Residents
Fifteen minutes can save you 15 percent or more on car insurance, according to GEICO. But did you know that President Obama's new tax proposal will help 13.5 million additional Americans who hold jobs but are still poor?
Friday, April 11, 2014
The economy continues to put a strain on the budgets of many families, especially low-income families living below the poverty level. One company is helping out by providing low car insurance for drivers who earn less than the poverty guidelines.
Reduced rate auto policies are now being offered by AutoProsUSA.com, an Internet-based insurance resource that allows consumers to search and compare insurance prices online. They are now offering low income car insurance rates to their online quotation system designed to help low-income drivers find more affordable car insurance.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Researchers, psychologists and others in the medical field have known for years that genes play an important role in how soon teens begin to engage in sexual activity. Genes determine when a teen reaches puberty, and this is a strong factor for what is known as At First Sex, or AFS. However, a recent study showed that, in low-income families experiencing stress, environmental factors will be an even stronger determinant as to when they begin having sex.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Culturally Sensitive Training -- Do Low-Income Minority Students Really Need New Teaching Standards?
Throughout 2014, 45 states will begin using a new teaching standard. It's called Common Core States Standards designed to teach English-language arts and math. The purpose of the new standards are to change the way schools teach and assess the progress of their students in a way that focuses more on critical thinking and problem-solving. The big question is whether or not it will help, especially minority students.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
It's called the Affordable Care Act because it is supposed to provide affordable health care insurance for all Americans. But for some, that is not going to be the case. Americans understood that health care was not going to be free; someone has to pay for it. But they didn't expect it to hit low-income families so hard.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wisconsin on the Right Track With Program That Gives Low Income Women Free Breast Cancer Screenings - But...
The state of Wisconsin has a program called the Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) that provides preventative health screening services to low-income women who are uninsured. The program has been around for nearly 20 years, and it's funded by the state and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's a good program and it's helping more than 70,000 Wisconsin women get breast and cervical cancer screenings. And it's going away. What?
Friday, March 21, 2014
Old Prison Being Transformed into Affordable Housing For Low-Income Families and At-Risk Women -- Find Out Where
When you think of safe housing, a jail is not what comes to most people's minds. But converting a jail into affordable housing for low-income residents is exactly what the city of Vancouver, B.C. is doing. They are taking on a unique project that will provide safe, comfortable housing for low-income residents and at-risk youth in Downtown Eastside, one of Vancouver's oldest, historic neighborhoods, and one of the poorest in Canada.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
It's TAX TIME, and this year it's looking good for returns! Tax refunds are 3 percent higher than last year, averaging $3,034 per return. That's good news for many who are waiting for the extra cash to pay off bills or just pop more money into their savings accounts.
The IRS receives a good chunk of tax filings early in the season. To date, they have received 40 percent of all the tax filings they expect for this year's tax season. It goes without saying that most people expecting a refund will be among those who are also filing early.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Great Recession has hit families hard everywhere. It has been especially difficult for working mothers who are in the low-income groups. They have only themselves to depend upon to feed their families. So, what's a mother to do?