Wednesday, December 4, 2013
On December 3, 2013, a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge ruled that the city of Detroit can file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. The reason cited was explained by Judge Rhodes, "The city no longer has the resources to provide its citizens with basic police, fire and emergency services," Judge Rhodes declared the city as insolvent.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Amid a slowly recovering economy, government cuts, and the most recent government shutdown, it's good to be reminded of programs that are still being offered to help low-income and other Americans. Here is a guide to some of the top government assistance programs:
Saturday, November 23, 2013
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes information on public-housing inventory and Census population data. From this information, you can determine which states have the most Section 8 housing units per person. Some states are no surprises while others in the lead come unexpectedly.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
It wasn't that many years ago that people would not dare tell anyone that they purchased clothing from a consignment shop. It may have been a great place to take clothes to sell on consignment, but not a place where you actually would go to shop. Times have changed, and so have attitudes about where to shop. Getting a good deal on designer clothing at a fraction of the retail cost is considered not just acceptable but trendy.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Owning a home has long been considered the American Dream, but many people feel it is out of their reach, especially low-income families. But the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a program that helps low-income, first-time home buyers to be able to purchase their very own home.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
About 85 percent of the population receive health insurance through their place of employment. The rest of the population either purchases insurance on their own or have no insurance at all. Recently, those who purchase their own insurance have begun to receive cancellation notices on their existing policies. Why?
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
While many American tourists may have complained about the closing of parks and monuments due to the recent government shutdown, the real story often missing from the news is the way in which a shutdown directly affects American children and needy families.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Government Starts Cutting SNAP Food Stamp Program, Driving More People to Food Banks and Soup Kitchens
On November 1, 2013, the U.S. government started to implement cuts to the amount that individuals and families will receive from the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as Food Stamps.