Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Great Recession has hit families hard everywhere. It has been especially difficult for working mothers who are in the low-income groups. They have only themselves to depend upon to feed their families. So, what's a mother to do?
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
You've often heard it said that "reading is fundamental." It's true. Reading is a basic skill that is critical to learning everything else. So, why are low-income students falling so far behind on this basic skill?
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Obama Announces New MyRA Retirement Plan for Low Income Workers -- Really, A Low Income Retirement Plan? Can This Work?
There is a crises in America that involves millions of Americans who have investments in place for their retirement. Addressing this concern, during his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama announced his plan to launch a new program called MyRA (My Retirement Account).
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Mo' Money, Mo' Education -- Only 50% of Low-Income Students Attend College Vs. 80% of Rich Kids -- President Obama Fights For Change!
In January 2014, President Obama met with more than 80 college presidents to discuss how they can increase enrollment and graduation among low-income students. Although college enrollment among low-income students has gained momentum, the recession has caused those gains to fall back close to their 1993 level.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The National Women’s Law Center, a Washington D.C.-based organization that fights for laws and public policies that benefit women and their families, recently released a report that shows the effect on low-income women in states that have not yet expanded their Medicaid programs. The report indicated that there are 3.1 million women who do not have health insurance.
Monday, February 17, 2014
It was in July of 2009 that the federal minimum wage increased from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. That was almost five years ago. Just this past February 12th, President Obama raised the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour. The new wage will become effective on January 1, 2015. The President at the same time urged all states to also increase their minimum wages for all employees.
Friday, February 14, 2014
It's hard to image hunger and homelessness in America, the land of opportunity. But the truth is that the need for food and a place to live is rising in many cities across the U.S.
Lack of food
In a recent survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the need for food assistance increased in 83 percent of the cities surveyed. Larger cities such as Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are missing the amount of food needed by low-income families by as much as 36 percent. Cities such as Charlotte, Cleveland, Denver, DeMoines, Nashville and Philadelphia also report substantial increases in the need for food assistance in their cities.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Microsoft chairman and founder Bill Gates recently shared some of his viewpoints regarding the economy and healthcare with NDTV, India, during the annual 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in the city of Davos. WEF is a non-profit organization based in the eastern Alps of Switzerland that each year holds a meeting of about 2,500 top business leaders, such as Gates, as well as political leaders, to discuss issues of world importance.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Low-income young adults as well as current and former foster youths will now be able to get free or very low-cost cell phone plans thanks to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The state agency has expanded their emergency phone program so it now includes wireless devices. This now makes it possible for young adults to get cell phone access for free or for as little as $5 a month.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is addressing the problem of Veteran homelessness with a program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). Through SSVF, non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income Veteran families can receive grants totaling $600 million.