Monday, May 2, 2016
Starbucks just opened its first store in Ferguson, Missouri, to brings jobs to the community and hope for low-income families. The opening was the first of many stores to open in diverse communities as part of Starbucks' Community Outreach Program.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Across the state of New Jersey, low-income blacks are experiencing problems in the bedroom. It's affecting more than 2,300 families across New Jersey -- and more than half of them don't even know they have a problem. The problem is... bed bugs!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Managing finances is not a course that is taught on many campuses, but it's important for all students to learn. Once students graduate from college, they need to make smart choices about their money if they want to become financially secure. One school in Durham, North Carolina decided that the best way for students to learn about finances is to open a bank on campus.
Monday, April 25, 2016
AT&T, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, has launched a new program called "Access from AT&T" that offers low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying low income households. These families are only required to pay $5 to $10 a month for internet access.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Low- and moderate-income people often qualify for and receive the Earned Income Tax Credit when filing their income tax. It's a big benefit for low-income families because it reduces the amount they have to pay in taxes. A new report, however, revealed that some tax preparers are taking some of this money away from low-income families and putting it in their own pockets!
Monday, April 18, 2016
If you think that African Americans are the biggest users of drugs, think again! According to a study by the American Journal of Public Health, among all users of hard drugs such as cocaine, opiates and PCP, whites are more likely to abuse "hard drugs," such as cocaine or opiates, than their Black counterparts.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
85% of undergraduate college students across the country are seeking financial aid to attend 4-year degree colleges and universities, according to The National Center for Education Statistics. Financial aid is based on need, but some low-income students are left with the challenge of trying to come up with $10,000 or more a year for tuition.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Most Black people believe that more whites are on welfare, and most white people that more Blacks are on welfare. So who's right? Well, here are the facts according to a newly released 2016 report by the US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, CATO Institute.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The federal government established the food stamp program in 1939. The country was in The Great Depression, and food stamps were made available to low-income families that enabled many to be able to eat. Today, the program is known as SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The poor still need help buying food, but now the government is going to take away that benefit from up to one million Americans. Why?
Monday, April 4, 2016
A study by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that more than half (51 percent) of the students attending public schools in America now are low income. The numbers reflect the latest data within two years.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
You've heard the stories about families who regularly have to decide whether to buy food or get their medications. It's a terrible dilemma for anyone, but low-income families often have to make these decisions every day. But, one unique pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee is helping the community by giving low-income families their medications for free.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Students in low-income schools are often hindered by not being able to afford high tech equipment required to teach them skills. This is particularly true with students in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and math. An Atlanta elementary school teacher is trying to help by using his STE(A)M Truck to travel to low-income schools.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Most city residents complain about the same things, like taxes, the condition of the city streets, crime, the cost of utilities, and the safety of their water supply. But low-income residents in Baltimore, Maryland have another kind of problem that is so bad, it now ranks as their biggest complaint.
There is a growing concern over low-income students who drop out of high school. Dropping out of high school places teens at a great economic disadvantage right away. But just why do black teens and other low-income students drop out? A new study from the Brookings Institute sheds light on the real reasons!
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is experiencing a boom in the real estate market! Some homes have been reported to have increased 200 percent in value since the year 2000. Housing booms are certainly a good thing, but the down side is that as home prices go up, so do rents, leaving low-income residents struggling. Philadelphia is proposing a small fee on developers which will generate more money to pay for new affordable housing.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
BabyCenter, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, recently surveyed more than 1,000 new moms. Among other baby costs, the average cost for diapers is about $72 per month, or up to $900 per year. That's for one child. How are low-income parents supposed to afford this? President Obama has a new program that will help.
Monday, March 7, 2016
More than two million children in America have parents who are incarcerated. About 90 percent of these parents are the fathers. It raises a very important question: when a parent is in prison, what happens to the children?
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Bank of America is leading the way with a brand new mortgage program targeting low- and medium-income home buyers. The new program is for borrowers who have low income but are a good risk and have a track record of paying their bills.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Getting a college degree is important in order to secure a successful career. The good news is that college enrollment by black students has increased from 10 percent to 15 percent from 1976 to 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The bad news is that only 5 percent of black students are pursuing degrees in high-paying career areas, such as engineering and architecture.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Far more people in America were killed by firearms from 2001 to 2013 than by terrorists during the same period, according to a report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 406,496 Americans were killed with firearms, compared to 3,380 U.S. citizens killed by terrorists. Chicago is now the worst American city in gun homicides.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
In an unbelievable legal case involving the Toyota Motor Credit Corporation, a government investigation of the company revealed that Toyota had charged minority customers higher interest rates on their auto purchases from 2011 to 2016. The company will end up paying $21.9 million in restitution to affected customers.
It is called the "racial achievement gap," which refers to the educational disparities between various ethnic groups. It has been an area of concern by the U.S. Department of Education for years. So, they decided to do a study on the matter. The results were alarming.
Friday, February 5, 2016
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
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.