Saturday, April 18, 2015
Filmmaker George Lucas, known for his multi-billion dollar-generating Star Wars franchise, is planning to build low income housing in Marin County, Northern California where 7.7 percent of county residents live below the poverty line, but the average home price is nearly $1 million.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
When most people think about food stamps, or what is currently known as SNAP benefits from the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, they associate it with children and poor families. But the truth is that older Americans need it, too, because nearly half of America’s seniors live at or below 200 percent of the poverty level. Yet many are not even applying for food stamps, let alone using food stamps to buy fruits and vegetables.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Everyone, yes everyone has a right to a good education. This includes higher education, or going on to college to ensure a higher earning potential and better life in the future. So, why is it that students from low-income families have such a difficult time accessing higher education opportunities?
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
One would like to think that high-performing, bright students, regardless of background or economic circumstances, would all have an opportunity to tap into advanced learning opportunities. Sadly, that is not the case. A recent study showed that state programs are failing low-income students.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
By the end of 2016, fast-food giant McDonald's plans to increase their hourly wage to more than $10 an hour. But with the minimum wage at $9 an hour, is this enough?
Monday, March 30, 2015
There are a lot of things to consider when sending your son or daughter off to college. Of course, money is one of them, but the safety of your child is also at the top of the list. Parents want their children to receive a good education, but worrying about their safety is something they should not have to deal with. Yet it is a very real concern at these 25 U.S. colleges.
Monday, March 23, 2015
New York is stepping up to the plate to help improve the health of new mothers and their babies. A new program offered by the city's Nurse Family Partnership program provides home visits that give help where it is needed, by new mothers who are low-income and struggling to care for their newborns.
Friday, March 20, 2015
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 65 percent of Americans own their own homes today. That leaves the remaining 35 percent of the U.S. population having to rent. Many years ago, people rented until they could afford to buy a house. But things are different today. Rents are rising out of control in many major cities.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
According to a study done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, white teens are much more likely to develop drug abuse than black teens. In fact, the rate of drug abuse among white teens is almost twice as high as among black teens.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
If you thought that the state of Arizona cared about the poor, there are about 500,000 low-income Arizona residents that would disagree with you. Why? Because Governor Doug Ducey wants to limit health care benefits for the poor, which could affect up to half a million Arizona residents.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
More and more American families are struggling to find ways to pay for their children's college education. Not all college-bound students are going to qualify for merit-based scholarships. Fortunately, there are many need-based scholarships available in many states for students from low-income families.
Monday, March 2, 2015
According to the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), more than half of all American students live in households that are considered low-income or poor. According to a recent report by SEF, these students represent "students with the largest needs and usually with the least support."
Saturday, February 28, 2015
|Emilio Nares with his father Richard|
A little boy named Emilio Nares from Orange, California, was just three years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. When he passed away in 2000 just before his sixth birthday, his parents created the Emilio Nares Foundation, a non-profit foundation to help low-income families who have a family member with cancer.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
People who have a good driving record should be able to get good car insurance, right? So, why is GEICO discriminating against low-income people by not offering them low rates to choose from?
Monday, February 23, 2015
Most people who walk into a hospital needing medical care are not concerned or even aware whether the hospital is a for-profit or non-profit facility. There is a difference, one that low-income patients need to be aware of. Why? Because non-profit hospitals are supposed to be fair to low-income patients. But not all of them are.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
It's safe to say that your chances of increasing your earning power goes up if you have a college degree. More and more people are getting their degrees in order to do just that. In fact, in 1998, less than 25 percent of people over 25 had a college degree; today it has increased to over 30 percent. But the job market is competitive, and certain job fields pay more than others.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Tiny homes are spreading across the U.S. and other countries like crazy! These amazing little homes are becoming extremely popular, in spite of their small size, for many reasons, including cost and efficiency. And many of them can be built in one day.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
How To Boost Vocabulary In Low Income Kids -- Non-Profit Org in Denver Shows How to Get the Job Done!
From the time they are born until they are three years old, children in this short time frame will establish learning habits for life. Vocabulary is one of those learning skills, and parents who talk to their children more will increase those skills. Research, however, shows that low-income parents speak with their children less than higher income parents. A new program offers help.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Winter months in New Jersey can bring much stress and worry to low-income residents. They are barely making it and then have the added worry about about how to pay those big energy bills. The state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in New Jersey wants to help with a program called Comfort Partners. The New Jersey Comfort Partners Program is a free energy saving and energy education program for qualified low-income customers.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Bill Gates predicts that the lives of poor people around the world will change dramatically over the next 15 years. By 2030, Gates predicts that people in poor countries will experience significant breakthroughs in poverty. On what does he base these predictions? Technology of course.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
What Happened to all the Wealthy Black Families in PG County, Maryland? -- Many of Their Homes Are Now Underwater
Prince George’s County is the second-most populous county in Maryland and is the highest-income majority-black county in the nation. In the 1990's, many African-Americans flocked here, bought homes and expected to be able to increase their wealth as the community became more upscale and home prices soared in the early 2000's. Then the bottom dropped out of the housing market, creating a disastrous financial situation for many black families.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, are offered to Americans who earn a gross income amount that's less than 130 percent of the poverty level. The first food stamp was issued in 1939 and since then has helped millions of American households who otherwise would not have enough to eat. According to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, about 46.5 million people receive food stamps.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
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
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
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.