Saturday, December 13, 2014
Congress Finally Approves Potatoes as Part of the WIC Program For Low-Income Moms -- Buy Why Not Sooner?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.