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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Study Confirms That Lyft and Uber Drivers Discriminate Against Blacks in Low Income Communities

Uber driver

Black people living in low-income communities are being discriminated against even when they try to get a ride, according to a new study that focused on ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft. That is despite the fact that they are its most frequent passengers.

Friday, July 6, 2018

A Six Figure Salary is Now Considered Low-Income in California's San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco housing

A household that earns a six-figure salary is generally classified as high-income in most areas across the United States. However, a recent report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says that in the Bay Area, those who earn less than $117,400 annually are defined as low-income.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Report Confirms That Minimum Wage Workers Simply Can’t Afford to Rent an Apartment in Most States

Low income family

Despite the booming economy and increased minimum wage in several states, a recent report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition confirms that a lot of minimum wage workers who work full-time still can't afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Best (and Worst) States for Low-Income Families to Live In!

Low income neighborhood

Living with low income has always been a challenge, but it's not the same challenge for every state! Due to some factors, it might be less difficult or more difficult in some areas. RewardExpert, a free service that allows for more advantage on credit cards and travel rewards, ranked "The Best and Worst States for Low-Income Individuals and Families."

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Woman Puts Cashier on Blast for Trying to Embarrass a Black Customer Who Needed Help to Buy Groceries

Jacki Carroll, woman who tried to help a Black customer who was in need
Jacki Carroll, the good samaritan who tried to help an African American customer
An Albertsons grocery store in Gresham, Oregon has been under fire after a cashier allegedly shamed an African American customer who was trying to buy food using WIC but was unable to pay for it all. Another woman in the line offered to pay for the deficit but the cashier rudely stopped her from helping the woman.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ben Carson Sued For Allegedly Trying To Destroy The Lives of Low Income Families


From trying to raise the cost of rent to blocking the Obama-era rule that could essentially provide better housing to low-income families, Dr. Ben Carson seems to be destroying the lives of marginalized people. Correspondingly, fair-housing advocates are filing a lawsuit against the HUD secretary.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Lyft Commits $1.5 Million to Giving Free Rides to Low Income Families

Lyft, a ride-hailing company

Lyft, the popular ride-hailing company, is committed to helping people solve transportation issues. And now, they are extending an affordable transportation option to people from low income households. In fact, they recently pledged $1.5 million for a program called Relief Rides that will give free rides to low-income people.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

President Trump Says If Poor Americans Don’t Get a Job, They Will Lose Their Welfare Benefits


President Donald Trump, who has been making significant changes in the federal aid programs, has just signed an executive order that aims to force low-income recipients of the program to get a job or else they will lose their benefits.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

3 Simple Changes to the Federal Child Tax Credit That Would Help Millions More Low Income Families

Federal Child Tax Credit

Many would agree that the Federal Child Tax Credit is providing assistance for children in poverty to succeed. However, its current structure is a hindrance for those who really need to benefit from it fully. A non-profit organization proposed three ways to improve the law to better benefit low-income families.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Very Few Welfare Beneficiaries Test Positive for Drugs, But Trump Wants Them Tested Anyways!

President Donald Trump

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a plan that would allow states to force food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing. That is even after evidence from previous tests already prove it is only expensive yet ineffective.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Senior Citizen Forced to Pay Large Gas Bill After Years of Incorrect Meter Readings


Minerva Roman, a 71-year old senior citizen woman from Philadelphia, was shocked when she received her gas bill last month. She was being charged with a huge amount of money due to incorrect meter readings she had for years.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

President Trump Wants to End Yet Another Program That Helps Low Income Families

President Donald Trump

President Trump is once again under fire for seeking to eliminate a heating assistance program that helps keep low-income families' homes warm. The Trump administration claims that the program is not really necessary and is marred by fraud.

Monday, April 2, 2018

This City is the Worst Metropolitan Area for Housing Low-Income Families

Low income housing in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada has always been a famous place for people looking for pleasure and recreation. For low income families, however, the "Entertainment Capital of the World" is not that much of an amusement. In fact, it is considered to be the worst metropolitan area in the United States.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Why What Amazon Just Did For Medicaid and Low-Income Families is Such a Big Deal

Amazon Prime boxes

Amazon is once again taking initiative in the healthcare industry. In their latest efforts to alleviate healthcare costs, the online retail giant will now be selling Prime memberships at a discount to Medicaid recipients. Definitely a big deal for low-income families!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

College Enrollment For Low-Income Students is Now at an All-Time High

Low income students in college

For low-income students, getting into college might seem to be harder. However, recent statistics show that low-income students now actually enroll in college at a higher rate than their middle-income peers!

Friday, March 9, 2018

President Trump Reportedly Thought Mostly Black People Are on Welfare, But Statistics Show Otherwise!

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump was surprised to know that welfare beneficiaries are not mostly Black. Recent statistics prove that more whites are actually benefiting from welfare instead.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Bail Reform Much Needed to Help Low Income Defendants (Who By the Way Are Mostly Black and Hispanic!)


Bail reform proposals are being discussed, mainly by upstate district attorneys, to eliminate bail for misdeamenor and non-violent felony defendants. It will be beneficial particularly for low-income defendants, in which 80% of those are Black or Hispanic.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Corrine Brown, Congresswoman Convicted of Scamming Low Income Students, Has Started Her Prison Sentence

Corrine Brown, former representative of Florida's 5th Congressional District

Corrine Brown, the former representative of Florida's 5th Congressional District, has been found guilty of mail, wire, and tax fraud involving a bogus charity for low-income students. She started her prison sentence three weeks ago; fellow inmates claim she gets special treatment.

Monday, February 19, 2018

President Trump Wants to Stop Food Stamps and Deliver Food Boxes Instead to Low Income Families

Donald Trump

The Trump administration is once again making "innovative" changes in the president's budget. This time, a proposed food delivery service would replace food stamps for most low-income families. While the administration thinks it is a cost-effective move, critics say it would rather reduce benefits to the beneficiaries.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Prisoners in NYC to Get Free Copies of "The New Jim Crow" Book

Inmate reading in prison

Prisoners in New York City will be receiving free copies of the book The New Jim Crow. The controversial book about the mass incarceration of African-Americans will be distributed as part of Legal Aid Society's advocacy campaign.

Monday, February 5, 2018

50% of All School Cafeterias in This City Have Mice, Rats, or Roaches (or All Three!)

School cafeteria in New York City

A recent study in 2017 discovered that almost half of the school cafeterias in New York City has had at least one dangerous health code violation which includes evidence of mice, rats, flies, or roaches. This report has got parents worried about their children's health.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

What Every American Should Know About the 2018 Child Tax Credit Changes


The recently amended GOP tax bill has brought about a lot of major changes in the United States' individual tax laws in the 2018 tax year. One of the significant changes is in the Child Tax Credit that would greatly affect parents and guardians with children below 17 years old.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hundreds of Amazon.com Employees Are Reportedly on Food Stamps

Amazon Workers

As Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos became the richest person in the world with a net worth of over $100 billion in 2017, his company has some employees that apparently need food assistance just to make ends meet.

Friday, January 12, 2018

This is What Many Low Income Families Do -- Even Though They Can’t Afford It!

Low income families shopping on Black Friday

Many people are guilty of spending money on luxuries and think of it as treating themselves when they have extra money to do so. Those on a low income might find it hard to enjoy such luxuries due to financial limitations. But a recent study discovered that many low-income families actually spend a lot of money for luxury, which could cause bigger problems.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Judge Rules in Favor of Obama Rule That Will Help 200,000 Low Income Families in 2018

President Obama

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Obama rule to be executed starting January 1, 2018. This is great news to low-income families because they will have more chances for better housing in a more affluent neighborhood.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Here's What Happens When New Supermarkets Start Appearing in Low Income Neighborhoods

Supermarket in low income neighborhood

Researchers have completed a study on the effects of opening supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods. The surprising results showed that the benefits to low-income families went way beyond health, improving other aspects of their lives, including economic.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Low Income Residents in This State May Not Get Welfare Benefits -- Even If They Qualify!

Low income family

Poverty is a big problem in the state of Texas, with a poverty rate over 17 percent. Although federal aid is available, such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) program, that doesn't mean those who qualify are actually going to receive the benefits. A shrinking state budget and stricter qualifications have left thousands of residents who qualify out in the cold to fend for themselves.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

For the First Time Ever, More Than 50% of This Ivy League University's Freshmen Are Minorities


For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of incoming freshmen at Harvard University are minorities. If all graduate in the year 2021, it could also mean the first graduating class at prestigious Harvard with more than 50 percent non-whites.

Friday, December 8, 2017

This State Wants All Food Stamp Users to Take a Drug Test

People in line for food stamps

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is planning to move forward with his plan to drug test food stamp applicants, even though it has not been approved by the federal government. Those who fail the test will be required to undergo rehabilitation, paid for by the state, or lose their benefits. The move has raised many flags on many levels, including legality, constitutionality, and cost.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It Has Finally Happened -- Some States Have No More Places For Low Income People to Live!

Homeless men

They call it the housing crisis, and with good reason. Providing affordable housing to low income families has become so severe that in some states, there is no longer a place for poor people to live.


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