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Friday, February 5, 2016

President Obama's Plan For More Girls and Minority Kids to Learn Computer Science

President Obama with children learning computers

One might assume in this age of technology that computer science is being taught in schools everywhere. However, only one fourth of K-12 schools offer computer science. In addition, African American and female students are missing when it comes to taking Advanced Placement (AP) tests in computer science. President Barack Obama wants to change that with his new Computer Science for All initiative.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Job Simulators Helping Low Income Women Qualify For High-Paying Jobs

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Construction is one industry that has very few women, but that doesn't mean women aren't interested or qualified for jobs. In fact, this field is an opportunity for women everywhere. One program in Iowa is using simulators to introduce low-income women to jobs in the construction field.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

3 Ways To Help Grandma and Grandpa Qualify For Low Income HUD Senior Housing

Black grandparent with granddaughter

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, otherwise known as HUD, was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, including the elderly. The program for the elderly is called Section 202 Supporting Housing for the Elderly Program. The program subsidizes rent for the elderly so they only need to pay 30 percent of their income for rent.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

NAACP Partners With Low-Income Children’s Program

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A recent report from the National Center for Children in Poverty showed that 44 percent of children across the nation are from low-income families. Breaking the cycle of poverty is not easy, but programs such as Head Start are helping. Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that has been providing comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families since 1965. Now they are joining forces with NAACP to do even more.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Federal Program Offers Free Cell Phones and Service to Low-Income Families

Free cell phone for low income families

Under a new federal requirement, all states are now giving away free cell phone and service to low income individuals that make less than $15,890 a year. The name of the program varies in each state. For example, in Colorado, the program is called the Lifeline Assistance program.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Legalized Marijuana Businesses Mostly Popping Up in Low Income Neighborhoods

Legalized marijuana business in Denver

When Amendment 64, the amendment seeking to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults in Colorado, passed in November, 2012, Colorado became the first state to end the prohibition on marijuana in the United States. But not everyone is happy about it, especially families living in low-income neighborhoods. Why? That's where most of the marijuana facilities seem to be locating.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

These Colleges Offer Free (Yes, Free) Tuition For Low-Income Students

Low income students

Yearly increases in college tuition often makes it impossible for students from low-income families to pursue their dreams of getting a college education. But some colleges are making an exception. They are offering free tuition for low-income students.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

3 Reasons How We Know There is Not Enough Affordable Rental Housing

Apartments for Rent

The lack of affordable housing is a growing problem, not just among low-income but also middle-income families. According to a recent report released by the NYU Furman Center/Capital One National Affordable Rental Housing Landscape, which focuses on research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy, the supply of affordable rental housing has been unable to keep up with demand in the 11 largest cities in the U.S.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Yes, Minimum Wage Employees Will Be Protesting Again in 2016 -- Here's Why

Minimum wage workers protesting

Just how bad has the housing crisis gotten? According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), "There is not a single state in the U.S. where a minimum wage employee working full-time can reasonably afford a one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent."

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How This Chicago Chef is Helping to Feed 52,000 Homeless People

Quentin Love, chef from Chicago

Quentin Love is from Chicago and knows that 1 out of every 3 people go hungry -- every day. So, he decided to do something about it, something that has resulted in feeding over 50,000 residents during the past two years.

Friday, December 25, 2015

New App Helps Low Income Families Save Money on Utilities

Low income man using app

Many low-income families across America are dreading the winter months, but not for the same reasons as other families. Their dread is how they are going to be able to afford their utilities. A new energy-saving app might help. How?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"This State is the Worst State for African Americans," Says One Student

African Americans from Wisconsin

In February 2015, an article appeared in The Progressive, a Madison, Wisconsin newspaper. The article was contributed by a student, Miles Brown, who was about to graduate from the University of Wisconsin. It is an eye-opening perspective from an African-American student experiencing racial inequality first-hand.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Two Very Important Tax Credits That Help Low Income Families With Children

Low income family with children

For once, there's good news for low-income working families. Not only that, it's coming from the Federal Government. What is it? Tax credits that put money in the pockets of low-income families.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Low Income High School Students March Their College Applications to the Post Office

Low Income students marching

About 100 students, all high school seniors in Brooklyn, recently caused quite a stir by marching. But it was a very different kind of march. These low-income high school seniors were all smiling. Why? Because they were marching to the post office to mail their applications for college.

Friday, December 11, 2015

6,000 Families Are Waiting For Low-Income Housing in This City

Low income families

When most people consider low-income housing needs, they think of New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and other major metropolitan areas. But the truth is that the shortage of low-income housing is spreading across the country -- even to Boise, Idaho.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Competition Seeks the Best Low Income Housing Ideas

Black woman writing down ideas

The state of Massachusetts is facing a housing crises to find affordable housing for low-income and homeless residents. So, a group called The Home Funders (HF) is holding a contest to foster new ideas to increase the supply of affordable housing to extremely low-income families. Three prizes up to $25,000 will be awarded to the best proposals.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Higher College Graduation Rates, But Not For Minority Students

Rise in Student Graduation Rates Not Necessarily Good News for Low Income and Minority Students

A recent study showed that, although college graduation rates have increased over the last 10 years, the increase does not necessarily include poor students or students of color. Rather, it has resulted in a wider gap between white students and minority students.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thanks to This Organization, Low Income Kids Can Now See Things They've Never Seen Before!

Low income girl from Newark

Good things happen when people help others in need, especially when it comes to children and taking care of their health needs. Two organizations partnering to provide free eye care for kids couldn't agree more.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Top 10 Worst Cities To Look For A Job -- 3 Are In California

Unemployment line

The unemployment rate was almost 10 percent in 2009. The unemployment rate across America is now at 5.1 percent, but that doesn't mean you can find a job anywhere. Here are the 10 worst cities in America to find a job today, according to stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Yes, Millionaires Are Allowed to Live in Low Income Housing -- and Yes, It's Legal

Low income housing

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

White House Giving $100 Million to Low-Income Women of Color -- 3 Reasons Why

President Obama with women of color

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

Do These 10 Colleges Hate Enrolling Low-Income Students? -- It Sure Seems Like It!

Low income students

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

New Obamacare Ads Target Low Income Families

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

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

Taking These Kinds of "Selfies" Help Low Income Women Get Screened For Cervical Cancer

Low income women taking selfie

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

Low-Income Workers Saying "No" to Health Insurance

Low income worker

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?
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