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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Low Income Housing Doesn't Have to Look Like Low Income Housing!

New Hope Housing
A low income housing apartment building in Houston, Texas

It started with a helping hand but ended up a commitment by Joy Horak-Brown, executive director of New Hope Housing in Houston, Texas. The company began in 1993 and opened their first single-unit apartments to low-income residents of Houston in 1997. Now Executive Director Joy Horak-Brown joined the company shortly after. Why? It was the quality of the units that engaged her interest and won her over.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

U.S. Census Bureau Says 43% of Americans Live Below The Poverty Line


Housing in general is one of the biggest social issues in America today. In discussions on some of America's top social justice topics, housing is right up there with health care, unemployment and poverty. In fact, housing and poverty are generally discussed together. Why?

Almost half of Americans are on the brink of homelessness

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43 percent of Americans are living below the poverty line and just one step away from homelessness; many have already lost their homes. Poverty and homelessness are connected. What about low-income and affordable housing programs? What is the difference between them? Are they helping?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Jewel Donates Her New Song "Home To Me" to Public Housing


Singer and songwriter Jewel just released a song called "Home To Me" and is donating the proceeds to public housing. She recently sang the song live in Los Angeles for public housing administrators and residents and is donating the song to the ReThink public housing initiative.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation Opens Another Low-Income Housing Development in Philadelphia

Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi recently joined city officials in an unveiling ceremony for yet another low-income housing project that he is financially supporting. The new 55-unit, $16.6 million complex will provide homes for low-income renters and those who previously were homeless.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Top 10 High Schools in the Country for Low-Income Students

Low income high school students

Everyone, everywhere deserves a good education. Money should not be the determining factor as to whether or not a student receives a good education. Unfortunately, the fact is that schools located in high poverty areas often perform far worse than schools located in areas of affluence. With this said, however, there are exceptions, meaning there are many schools across the country who are performing very well, even in areas of poverty.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

City of Houston Thanks Beyoncé For Supporting Low Income Housing

Beyonce Supports Low Income Housing

An article recently published on BET.com shows how celebrities often come to the rescue to help those in need of housing. They especially like to help people in their home towns. The article focused on the contribution recently made by American singer, songwriter and actress Beyoncé.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Controversial NYC Building Has Two Doors of Entrance - One for the Rich, and Another For The Poor


A 33-story building slated to be built on Riverside Boulevard in New York's Upper West Side has citizens and city officials in an uproar, according to an article recently published in the New York Times. The building is going to contain 274 units, but 219 will be sold at market rate as condos, and 55 will be apartments for rent to people making 60% or less of area median income. What has people in an uproar is the fact that the condos and the apartments will have separate entrances.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Top 10 Super Affordable U.S. Cities to Live In


Living cheaply, or cheaper, is the goal of most Americans now. But finding out where one can live cheaper can be a daunting task. So, here are the top 10 cheapest places to live, according to an article published recently in The Chicago Tribune.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Disadvantaged and Low-Income Youth

Job Corps Celebrating 50 Years

Job Corps is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to youth ages 16 to 24. It was initiated as the central program of the War on Poverty during the President Johnson Administration in the 1960's.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why Is "Affordable Housing" So Expensive?


According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Americans should ideally pay no more than 30 percent of their income on rent or mortgage. That's what HUD has established as affordable. But as rents go higher and higher, renting becomes more and more UNaffordable.
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