Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The relation between wages and worker productivity is a key factor in determining where our economy stands. Although there are many other factors that affect the economy, such as housing, stocks, gas prices, and the unemployment rate, wages put money in the pockets of Americans and determines what their standard of living is.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Brad Pitt is not only a seasoned, and very popular, actor, but he is also a philanthropist. His non-profit organization, Make It Right, is responsible for building over 100 safe and energy-efficient homes in the areas of New Orleans hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. Now Brad is turning his attention to poor Native Americans in Montana.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Whites (Not Blacks) Represent The Largest Group of People Moving to Low Income Areas -- and Other Little Known Facts
One in four Americans now live in poverty areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of people who have been forced to move to poverty areas has greatly increased in the past 14 years. Why?
What's behind the increase in poverty?
The housing crash, loss of jobs and the country's financial crises has left many with no alternative but to move into poverty areas. Many people have lost their homes and now find themselves in a situation where they need to live where they can afford. This often means either moving where housing prices are low, or turning to subsidized housing and low-rent apartments, which often places them in poverty areas.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Researchers have recently connected the dots on two lethal factors that can have a deadly effect on African Americans and other minorities. The two factors include increased heart attack risk among African Americans, and air pollution.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
California was the first state to establish a medical marijuana program, which went into effect January 1, 2011. The law allows people with cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses to grow or purchase marijuana when recommended by a doctor. The city of Berkeley recently took another step forward and voted unanimously to give medical marijuana free to low-income patients.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
New York City is one area that has what is known as rent stabilization programs. Any apartment building with six or more units is subject to rent stabilization laws. It's a form of rent control that prevents landlords from unreasonably increasing rents. This is good for many New Yorkers living in low-income housing.
Monday, June 30, 2014
57-year old actor LeVar Burton, best known for his role as Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries, Roots, and as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, wants to play another role now. This one is to help low-income children.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
There is a huge shortage of low-income housing in the U.S. with available properties in desperate need. But it doesn't excuse landlords from trying to pull a fast one on current tenants, like trying to buy them out so they can upgrade and rent the apartments at higher rates up to double what they are getting from current tenants.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
To some in the U.S., it might seem like the recession is over. But for many others, no way!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall unemployment in the U.S. remains at 6.3 percent. But if you live in Yuma, Arizona, or El Centro, California, unemployment rates there are 23.8 percent and 21.6 percent respectively.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Qualifying organizations have until June 20, 2014, to apply for the IRS Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant. The federal program awards matching grants up to $100,000 a year for organizations that offer low-income taxpayer clinics. The programs can be new or expanded.
What the grant covers
The grant covers programs that represent low-income taxpayers who have a tax dispute with the IRS as well as taxpayers who speak English as a second language. Organizations that work with taxpayers in underserved areas are particularly encouraged to apply.