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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities in America

Most Expensive Cities

Who wouldn't want to live in an affluent community! It's great to be in a rich community, surrounded by nice homes, lots of cultural opportunities, and other people who have wealth. Good jobs are also important. If this sounds like what you want, it's important to know what kind of income you will need in order to live comfortably in a rich community.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Top 10 Wealthiest Black Communities in America

Wealthy Black Man

The wealthiest black communities are located across America. From East coast to West, here are the top 10 wealthiest black communities in the U.S., as recently published by Atlanta Blackstar.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Program to Teach 100,000 Low-Income Kids to Write Code

Low Income Children Programming

There is no question that technology is where it's at today when it comes to careers. Technology, particularly computer science, is still dominated by white males. Van Jones, environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney, and co-founder of four non-profit organizations including Rebuild the Dream, decided to do something about it. He created "Yes We Code", an initiative through his Rebuild the Dream organization, that will teach 100,000 low-income kids to write code.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Can You Believe It? These 5 Jobs Pay Just Minimum Wage!

Woman working minimum wage job

When we think about minimum-wage jobs, we often list jobs that require no skills, or just manual labor jobs. But, surprisingly, that is not always the case. Some minimum-wage jobs include those that require certification and have educational requirements. What??

Thursday, January 15, 2015

People Walking or Biking to Work Are Mostly Low Income Workers Making Less Than $10,000 A Year

Low income bikers

Data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that most of the walking and biking used in the U.S. as a way of commuting to work is done by low-income workers. As income levels increase, the levels of walking and biking decrease.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Top 50 Poorest Counties in America -- Most Are In the South!

Rundown house

According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, 46.5 million Americans are still living in poverty. Although the median household income in the U.S. is around $51,000, about 15 percent of the U.S. population still live way below this. Depending on what county you live in, the difference can be as much as $35,000 below the state's median household income.

Friday, January 9, 2015

You're Kidding Me! -- Why Won't the City of Detroit Give These People Some Clean Running Water?

When the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July of 2013, it became the largest municipality in U.S. history to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy. For sure, the financial situation in Detroit is tight, but cutting off water to poor residents because they can't pay their water bill? Really?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New York Gives $16.5 Million for Affordable Housing Construction Across the State

New York Awards Grants Totaling $16.5 Million for Affordable Housing

New York state's governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that an additional 240 new units of affordable housing will soon be built across the state, thanks to a grant of more than $16.5 million. The grants represent the latest awards from a $190 million fund that was announced by the Governor early in 2014 to support affordable housing across New York.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Free Program Helps Low Income Entrepreneurs in Boston -- Shouldn't Every City Do This?

Boston entrepreneurs

Small business owners often fail because they lack the kind of business savvy needed to survive. But legal advice is expensive. What if they could get that kind of advice for free? They can if they are low-income entrepreneurs and small-business owners in the Boston area.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Low Income Teens Living in Baltimore Considered Worse Off Than Teens in Africa

It's hard to believe that poor people living in the U.S. would actually have it worse than people living in countries like Nigeria. But a recent study showed that Baltimore, Maryland is one of two cities where teens felt the least amount of safety in their neighborhoods.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Minimum Wage To Go Up in More Than 20 States in 2015

-- Washington state will continue to have the highest minimum wage, which increase to $9.47 per hour. --

Protesting Minimum Wage

Perhaps due to months of protesting by fast food workers, the minimum wage in 21 states will increase in the year 2015 starting on January 1st. This is the first time ever that a majority of the states have higher minimum wages than the federal level.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Top 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities in 2014 -- And, No... Ferguson is Not on the List!

Dangerous cities

To identify the most dangerous cities in America, 24/7 Wall St. recently reviewed violent crime rates among the nation’s cities with populations of 100,000 or more from the FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hundreds of Millions of Dollars To Be Contributed to a Federal Fund For Low-Income Housing

Low Income Housing Fund

Hundreds of millions of dollars are expected to be contributed toward housing for low-income families, thanks to the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Where is the money coming from? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (FMCC), who are now in a position to contribute to the affordable housing fund.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

60% of All Kids in Detroit Are Living Below the Poverty Level -- But Other Cities Are Catching Up Too!

Poor kids in Detroit

According to a recent study by the National Center For Children In Poverty, the poverty rate has decreased by 2 percent between 2012 and 2013. But if you live in one of the nation's largest cities, those numbers don't apply. Why not?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Congress Finally Approves Potatoes as Part of the WIC Program For Low-Income Moms -- Buy Why Not Sooner?

Potatoes Approved By Congress For Wic

The Women, Infants and Children nutrition program (WIC) was established by Congress in 1974 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service program. The program provides food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services to low-income women, infants, and children. But until now, potatoes were not included as part of the program. Why?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Heating Bill Too High? -- Here's 6 Super Simple Ways to Save Energy This Winter

Heating bill to high

Winter is here, and that means higher heating costs for most people. It is especially hard on the budget for low-income households and older people on a fixed income. But there are ways in which you can prepare your home for winter and lower your heating costs at the same time.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New York City Forcing Low Income Tenants to Move into Smaller Apartments -- As If NYC Apartments Aren't Already Small Enough

Some ideas may make sense on paper, but when enforced, it can affect people's lives in a very negative way. Take the recent New York attempt to save money on housing. The city's solution to manage a $37 million housing budget shortage was to force tenants to either move into smaller apartment or pay more money for their current apartment. Needless to say, residents and other housing officials were outraged.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Actress Susan Sarandon Joins the Effort to Find Homes for America's Homeless Veterans

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon, an Oscar-winning actress, has joined other celebrities in the effort to find homes for America's homeless veterans. There are 57,000 men and women in the U.S. who have served their country but now have no place to live. Susan has joined an organization called Veterans Matter to help raise money to house America's homeless veterans.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Small California City Decides To Not Make Their Low Income Housing Look So... Well, Low Income!

Hickman California Low Income Housing

One of the big complaints that often gets in the way of approved building for public housing is how it is going to affect home values in the surrounding community. This is a legitimate concern. But what if the public housing did not resemble public housing at all? What if it blended in with the community? One California community may have found an answer that will open doors to increased building of low-income housing.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nearly 1,000 Low-Income Residents in New Jersey Line Up to Get a Home

It's hard to image a string of 800-1,000 people all lined up, some waiting in line since the night before, just to find a home in which to live. But that is exactly what happened recently in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Just How Big Is Discrimination? Nearly 100,000 Cases Are Filed Every Year in the U.S.

Discrimination in the US

Every year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission releases the latest data on charges of employment discrimination and resolutions under each of the statutes enforced by the Commission in the U.S. The good news is that the 93,727 charges received in fiscal year 2013 are a 5.7 percent decrease from the 99,412 charges received in fiscal year 2012. But does that mean that discrimination is down?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

They Say, "No Child Left Behind!" -- So Why Are Children Being Left Behind?

Urban kids

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 was supposed to ensure that low-income and minority students weren't being taught by unqualified teachers. It was supposed to ensure that all children, regardless of their status, deserved to be taught by good teachers. But 12 years later, data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that is not happening. Why not?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

OMG! Some Schools Are Throwing Away Lunches If the Children Have No Money to Pay!

It's unbelievable and shocking, but in schools across the country, food is actually being thrown away if children have no money to pay for it. The big questions are how can this happen, and WHY is it happening?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Why Are So Many Young, Minority, and Low-Income Americans Not Voting?

In 2008, more than 57 percent of the population who were of voting age turned out to vote. That was the year Barack Obama was elected. But it was also the year in which the polls saw the highest number of voters seen in 40 years. In other words, it was an exceptional year for voters.

Friday, November 7, 2014

LeBron James Renovating Homes, Helping Low Income Residents in his Hometown of Akron, Ohio

Lebron James helping residents in Akron

LeBron James' hometown is Akron, Ohio, where he played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School. Today, he is ranked as one of America's most influential and popular athletes playing professional basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers where he is their all-time leading scorer.