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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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Trump Says His Proposed Child Tax Credit Will "Help" Families -- But It Really Excludes Millions of Children

Donald Trump speaking

President Donald Trump's proposal of expanding the Child Tax Credit (CTC) from $1,000 to $1,600 will exclude all families with two children who are making less than $16,333 a year. This will affect roughly 10 million children.

Monday, November 6, 2017

City of Baltimore May Sell Homes for $1 Instead of Demolishing Them

Abandoned buildings in Baltimore

It would cost Baltimore $700 million to demolish and replace 4,000 vacant buildings. So, five Baltimore City Councilors are seeking the city's approval to sell the homes for $1, a program that worked well in the 1980s and preserved historic neighborhoods. But will it work today?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Black and Low-Income Residents in This City Are Being Overcharged For Water -- But Why?

Black resident in Chicago low income neighborhood

It doesn't make any sense, but a recent Chicago Tribune investigation revealed that Chicago residents who are poor and black are paying more for water than others. According to the report, predominantly black communities had water bills 20 percent higher than that of white communities for the same amount of water. Why?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

10 Things Every Low Income Family Should Know About Open Enrollment For the Affordable Care Act

Low income man receiving healthcare

Open enrollment for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. There is good news this year -- 31 states have expanded Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults, so low-income individuals and families who have been unable to get it in the past should enroll this year.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Billions Spent on Low Income College Students -- But Half of Them Don't Even Graduate!

Low-income students have a more difficult time getting through college than other students due to cost. One would assume that by offering financial assistance such as the Pell grant, that more low-income students would graduate. But recent statistics show that, although the federal government has spent roughly $400 billion on the Pell Grant program since 2000, only about half of these students are actually graduating.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This City Wants to Give Low Income Residents a Break on Parking Tickets

Parking tickets in large cities like San Francisco can add up to a hefty sum. In fact, the cost for an expired meter ticket in the city is $74, and that can create a real financial hardship for low-income residents. So San Francisco's Treasurer has a plan to help low-income people pay fines and fees.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

How Black Children Are Being Kicked Out of Preschool... and into the U.S. Prison System

Young black pre-school student

Behind every successful child is a parent or teacher who has a positive influence on the child. Sadly, this is not always the case. According to the Huffington Post, Black children are targeted in school for disruptive behavior, and suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students.

Monday, October 2, 2017

3 Reasons Why Low Income Families Actually Pay More for Groceries

African American woman grocery shopping

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service, in 2014, middle income households spent an average of 13.4% percent of their income on food, while low income households spent 34.1% of their income on food.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Billions in New Funding to Create More Low Income Housing in California

Low income housing in Oxnard, California
Low income housing in Oxnard, California
California has a housing problem. There are just not enough affordable homes for low income families. That's why the California State Senate just passed major legislation that will add billions of dollars to fund more low income housing projects.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This Private College (and Many Others) Are Allowing Low Income Students to Attend For Free

19-year old Isaiah Reese is currently enrolled in Washington College's program for low income students
19-year old Isaiah Reese is one of 14 students currently enrolled in Washington College's program for low income students

Many private colleges across the country are experimenting with new programs that will allow more low income students to attend their institutions. One of those is Washington College, a private liberal arts school in Chestertown, MD (about 75 miles from Baltimore), which recently created a program that offers low income students full-ride tuition to attend. Normally, the tuition to attend costs more than $42,000 a year.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Chase Bank to Invest -- Not $1 or $2 Million -- But $40 Million into Chicago's Low Income Neighborhoods

Low income neighborhood in South Chicago

The world's largest bank wants to help build affordable housing in Chicago, and they have committed to invest $40 million toward the effort. JPMorgan & Chase announced recently that they would spend the next 3 years and $40 million to revitalize Chicago's West and South sides and provide affordable housing for the city's low-income neighborhoods.

Monday, September 11, 2017

This Eye-Opening Program is Boosting Test Scores For Low Income Students

Low income children helped by Vision to Learn

Researchers have discovered that poor school performance among low-income students can often be traced to poor eyesight. Because of this, a new program called Vision To Learn was formed to help improve performance among poor students by giving them free eye glasses, and it improved reading efficiency significantly.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Civil Rights Lawyer Says This Major Company Discriminates Against Low Income Households

AT&T is once again under fire for discrimination. This time, the charges are being filed by civil rights attorney Daryl Parks who filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of three black women from Cleveland claiming the company is discriminatory in their services to low-income neighborhoods.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Amazing New $5-A-Year Program For Low-Income Residents

Low Income Bike Sharing Program

More people are commuting by bike than ever before. According to American Community Survey, bicycle community has increased by 61.6 percent since 2000. A new public-funded program in Chicago called Divvy now offers a bike-share program that only costs $5 a year.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Low Income Residents From These 10 Cities Have More Housing Options

Low income housing in Boston, MA
Low income housing in Boston, MA

Low income housing is becoming more and more important to people who make less than 80 percent of the local median income level (that's considered low income!). But as home prices continue to increase, it is getting harder to supply enough housing for our nation's low income residents.

Monday, August 14, 2017

This Program Empowers Low Income Young Adults to Go From Poverty to Professional Careers... in Just One Year!

Year Up graduates
Recent 2017 graduates of Year Up
Year Up is a program that helps low income young adults go from poverty to a professional career within just one year. It consists of six months of training, prep for entry level jobs, and then placement in an internship for six months at a local or national company.

Monday, August 7, 2017

USDA Loan Program Helping Low Income Families Who Need Flood Repairs

Around the country, flooding has affected homeowners in states across the South, Midwest and others. The damage is particularly devastating to low-income families who don't have the money for repairs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a loan program that will provide needed help to families affected by recent flooding.

Monday, July 31, 2017

For Low Income Residents Facing Eviction, This City Guarantees Them Legal Representation

New York City has until October 2017 to implement a program that will guarantee free legal services to all tenants of New York City Housing Authority buildings who are facing eviction. The NYC Council overwhelmingly approve legislation that would pay for legal counsel to all low-income residents facing termination of their leases and eviction.