Saturday, November 21, 2015
Millionaires living in low-income housing? As difficult as it is to believe, this is exactly what is happening, and it's happening everywhere. But how? And why?
Monday, November 16, 2015
According to a report by the White House Council on Women and Girls, women and girls of color often face limited opportunities. Even with programs aimed at helping low-income families, low-income women of color are dropping through the cracks. The White House is committing $100 million to help turn this situation around.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
One way of reaching out to low-income students is to ensure they are given a fair shake at attending the college of their choice. Many colleges are doing a good job of enrolling and graduating low-income students. On the other hand, others are not, including these top 10 well-known, selective colleges and universities. But why?
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Many low-income purchasers of health care insurance are not aware that they are eligible for tax credits that can lower their monthly premiums. So, federal health officials have released new ads that explain just how affordable health insurance can be.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Underserved women are those who live in non-industrialized, poor agricultural countries that are struggling to become more advanced economically and socially. They have less access to screening services that would help detect cervical cancer early. Early diagnosis is important to prevent cervical cancer. An Israel-based company called MobileODT has found a solution to increase screenings for low income women. It's called a mobile colposcope.
Monday, October 26, 2015
This year marked the enforcement of the employee mandate, through the Affordable Care Act, to offer their employees health insurance or pay a fine. It affects small businesses who have the equivalent of 50 full-time employees. Many employers worried about how they were going to pay for health insurance for their employees, but to the surprise of many, low-income workers are saying NO to health insurance. Why?
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Millions of people in America cannot afford to buy even a used car, according to a study by iSeeCars.com. While a new car is totally out of the question, even buying a used car is simply not in the budget for most low-income families. A non-profit program in Vermont is trying to help by giving used cars to needy, low-income families.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Gun violence is a major concern for everyone in the United States, which is why statistics on gun violence are maintained. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) maintains statistics on deaths caused by guns each year by state. In addition, the FBI keeps track of violent crime rates in the U.S. This has enabled research companies like 24/7 Wall St. to create a list of the top 10 U.S. states that have the worst gun violence.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Racial disparity exists in cities across the nation. Often, the disparity is severe enough to make some cities the worst places for black Americans to live. Sadly, all of the worst cities for this ethnic group are in the midwest.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Why do students graduating from high school go to college? The answer seems simple: to get a better-paying job. And they are correct. For the most part. But a four-year college program is not for everyone, especially low-income students who just can't afford it. The good news is that there are other options for poor students to get a high-paying job without a four-year degree.
Monday, October 5, 2015
According to The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper, a study in the US showed that among 3,200 children's books published in 2013, only 93 were about black people. That is less than 3 percent. How are black children supposed to learn about diversity if they are not represented in books?
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Rags-to-riches stories often help others by giving them hope that they, too, can overcome their circumstances and turn their lives around. Many people have done exactly that, including these 6 black celebrities.
Monday, September 21, 2015
The College Access Index created by The Upshot measures the efforts that top colleges make on helping low income students. The rankings are based on the amount of students at each institution that receive Pell grants (which normally go to families that make less than $70,000 per year. But the rankings also consider the graduation rate of those students; and the price that colleges charge both low- and middle-income students.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Do kids really hate vegetables? That's what most people think, but it is not necessarily true. Sure, kids like treats and sugary foods, but doesn't everyone? The secret to getting kids to eat their veggies is: start early! That is exactly what one preschool program for low-income kids is doing, and it's working!
Monday, September 14, 2015
Raising the minimum wage has been an ongoing issue across the states. One industry that has pushed hard for a higher minimum wage is the fast-food industry. But it took one state to take that first step forward, and it was New York. The state has committed to gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour.
Monday, September 7, 2015
There is no reason why low-income students shouldn't have the benefit of a good education. Good education means, in part, helping disadvantaged students overcome economical obstacles and prepare to further their education by going to college. And there are some excellent high schools around the country that are proving it can be done.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Low-income housing is designed to help low-income families by subsidizing their rent through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). But facts have recently been uncovered showing that rich people are allowed to rent these apartments, too. What?? Yes, and for every rich family living in low-income housing, a truly qualified low-income family gets left out in the cold.
Monday, August 31, 2015
A shocking article recently appeared in the Harvard Education Press, a publication of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, that stated up to 40 percent of low-income students who are accepted at college end up not going at all. The article was written by Benjamin L. Castleman and Lindsay C. Page and sheds light on why many low-income students don't actually end up attending college.
Monday, August 24, 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau defines low-income working families as those earning less than twice the federal poverty line. One third of all working families in the U.S. population fits this category. There are many programs available, however, that low-income families can qualify for in order to get help.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
For most families, going back to school is an exciting time for both students and their parents. But it's also a worrisome time for low-income families who now have to struggle with the problem of where to get the money to pay for school supplies and other necessities. One Denver non-profit organization is helping by giving students free school supplies.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Buying a home is the American Dream, but affording a home can turn that dream into a nightmare. The challenges include finding one that is in your price range, availability of homes, and finding a home that meets your needs. According to Realtor.com, here are 8 cities that have the best affordable housing for families with lower incomes:
Monday, August 3, 2015
More than 45 million people in the U.S. live at or below the poverty level. Yet many people who qualify for government benefits do not take advantage of it. Why? One troubling reason is because they simply don't know that the programs exist.
Monday, July 27, 2015
More people are commuting by bike than ever before. According to American Community Survey, bicycle community has increased by 61.6 percent since 2000. A new public-funded program in Chicago called Divvy now offers a bike-share program that only costs $5 a year.
Friday, July 24, 2015
American coffeehouse chain, Starbucks, known for their trendy retail shops and quality coffee, is planning to open more Starbucks shops in low-income neighborhoods. Over the next 3 years, they plan to open 15 new locations in low-income and minority neighborhoods, including Ferguson, Missouri.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Multinational technology giant Google is taking another giant step to ensure more people have access to the benefits of the Internet. Internet access is out of reach for many low-income families, so Google has offered it for free to low-income residents living in public housing.