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Monday, August 22, 2016

8-Year Old Boy Giving Away Thousands of "Blessing Bags" to Homeless People

Jahkil Naeem Jackson

Who says one person cannot make a difference? 8-year old Jahkil Naeem Jackson from Chicago is proving that even a small person with a big heart can make a difference. Greatly saddened by the homeless in Chicago, Jahkil came up with his very own idea on how he could make a difference.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Unique Idea Helps Bring More Pre-schools to Low Income Areas


Pop-up preschools are a unique idea being launched throughout the country by the YMCA. The pre-schools are located in libraries, community centers, schools, churches, public housing, local YMCA centers, and museums.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Average Black Family Would Need This Many Years to Build the Wealth of the Average White Family


It's called "the racial gap" and it seems to be taking a very long time for black Americans to close it. The gap refers to the huge difference in wealth that exists between white and black Americans. A recent study shows that, unless something drastic occurs, it will take 228 years for blacks to accumulate as much wealth as whites.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

This State is Still the Worst Place For Black People to Live

African Americans in Wisconsin

According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, the state of Wisconsin remains the absolute worst place for black people to live. Yes, good old Wisconsin, the "cheese capital of the world," surrounded by two Great Lakes and full of forests and farms.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Study Says Poor Black Men Die Sooner Than Poor White Men -- But Why?


A recent study which revealed that black men living in poverty have an increased risk of dying had researchers wondering why race would make a difference. Why would black men living in poverty die sooner than not only white men but also black men living above the poverty level?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Racist History of Low Income Housing in Portland, Oregon -- The Whitest City In America

Racist history of Portland, Oregon

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that nearly half of all hate crimes committed in America today have to do with race. According to FBI statistics, 47% of hate crimes are racially motivated. But one city takes the cake when it comes to racial incidents, and that is Portland, Oregon. Portland is known as "the whitest city in America" and has a long history of racism.

Monday, August 1, 2016

In More Than 70 Cities, It's Illegal to Feed the Homeless Because...

Food distribution to the homeless

There is a growing move in the U.S. that is taking many by surprise. The government is cracking down on one of the oldest forms of charity since the first century -- feeding the poor. It is hard to believe, but the government is actually fining and jailing people who feed the homeless.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Non-Profit Distributes More Than 8 Million Pounds of Healthy Food to Low Income Families


Eating healthy is a particular challenge for low-income families. They often do not have the money to purchase what they need to stay healthy -- fresh fruits and vegetables. One non-profit organization in Houston, Texas is making a difference by distributing over 8 million pounds of fresh produce to help low-income families eat and stay healthy.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Low Income Mothers With Addictions Urged to Take Advantage of This Free Government Program

Low income mother at WIC office

The U.S. government's Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides access to food and health resources to low income women and their children. But now, the program is also helping families in another way!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Program Gives Millions of Low Income Families Internet Service for Just $10

Internet Essentials

The largest broadcasting and largest cable television company in the world has just announced that they will be expanding their $9.95 per month Internet service so an additional 1.3 million low-income families will have Internet access. Comcast has been offering the low-cost service to poor families since 2011.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why People in This City Are Literally Sleeping in the Streets

Homeless people living in tents

Affordable housing in America has reached a crisis state. Even last year, a report revealed that zero counties in the U.S. have enough housing for families in extreme poverty. Large cities are particularly challenged to supply enough affordable housing, but one city in particular has the highest rate in the U.S. for homeless people sleeping in the streets.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Black Students Usually Perform Better in School When This Happens


It was recently confirmed by a research study that black students who are taught by black teachers actually perform better. Although the study was performed in just one state, the results have raised many questions as to whether or not race matters when it comes to teachers.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How Black Children Are Being Kicked Out of Preschool and into the U.S. Prison System

Young black pre-school student

Behind every successful child is a parent or teacher who has a positive influence on the child. Sadly, this is not always the case. According to the Huffington Post, Black children are often targeted in school for disruptive behavior and suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students.

Monday, June 27, 2016

5 Easy Ways That Colleges Can Admit More Top Low Income Students!

College admissions process

College is expensive for all students. However, for low-income students, it is often simply impossible to even consider. What a shame! Many students from poor families are academically strong and very talented. Why should they be denied an education because they can't afford it?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Developers Using Affordable Housing Tax Credits to Build Homes For Rich Whites

Affordable Housing in Minnesota

In some states, such as Minnesota, it appears that housing developers are being allowed to use Affordable Housing Tax Credits to build home for wealthy white families. “Subsidized housing in Minneapolis is creating new and greater segregation,” claims a report from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota. Developers in Minneapolis and St. Paul are being allowed by the city to build "affordable housing," using affordable-housing tax credits and city loans, but most poor families can't afford them. The units are more than 80 percent occupied by whites.

Monday, June 20, 2016

California To Remove Law Penalizing Low-Income Mothers

Low income mother with baby

Welfare benefits are calculated according to family size. There are currently about 17 states that have a family cap policy, which means additional benefits are denied to families who have more children while on welfare. One by one, many states are repealing the law, including California.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Low Income Families Can Now Use Food Stamps To Shop at Local Farmers' Markets

Low income woman buying from local farmer's market

Eating healthy is a challenge for families with limited income. Fresh produce can be costly. The U.S. government, through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has just approved a plan that will help low-income families get fresh produce for free.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Low Income People in This City Don't Live As Long As Others

Low income man walking

According to a recent study, low-income people living in Detroit do not live as long as similar low-income people living in other cities. If you are 40 years old, low income and live in Detroit, you can expect to live to 78, but if you are 40 years old, low income and live in Queens, New York, you can expect to live to about 83.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Government Programs Provide Free Summer Lunches to Low Income Children, But 85% Still Go Hungry


For many American children, summer brings a long-awaited vacation from school. But for others, it means no food until school starts again. Even federal programs designed to feed children during the summer only helps a fraction of those in need.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Metro Bus-Turned-Grocery Store Brings Fresh Food To Low Income Areas

Jeremy Goss, co-founder of the St. Louis MetroMarket

It is difficult to imagine that something as simple as food would not be accessible by the poor. But the fact is that there are no grocery stores in many low-income neighborhoods across America, which means low-income families are not eating healthy. So one non-profit organization in St. Louis packed a bus full of fresh food and took it to people who live in poor areas.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

White House to Give Funds to Low Income High School Students to Take College Courses

President Obama meets with students at the White House

It's not unusual for high school students to start taking college courses while they are still in high school. It gives them a jump start on college. The problem that it poses for low-income high school students, however, is finding the money to pay for it. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students who are already attending college, but now the U.S. Department of Education has started a pilot program that offers this benefit to low-income high school students, too.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Low Income Credit Unions -- What They Are and Where to Find One Near You

Community Promise Credit Union in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Credit unions are nonprofit-making money cooperatives whose members can borrow money from at low interest rates. They are like a bank and provide similar banking services. In addition to credit unions, there are Low Income Credit Unions (LICU) who can provide even more benefits to low-income customers.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This College Received a $1 Million Prize for Supporting Low Income Students

Amherst College students
Students at Amherst College

And the prize for doing the right thing goes to -- Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst College recently received the highest award given to any college in the nation for admitting, graduating and supporting outstanding low-income students.

Monday, May 16, 2016

3 Reasons Why Low Income Families Actually Pay More for Groceries

African American woman grocery shopping

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service, in 2014, middle income households spent an average of 13.4% percent of their income on food, while low income households spent 34.1% of their income on food.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Alabama Governor Gives $950,000 to Help Low Income Residents Pay Their Utility Bills

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Counties throughout the state of Alabama are getting money from Governor Robert Bentley that will help low-income and elderly residents in Alabama reduce their utility bills. The grants are part of Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program.
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