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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bad News for Low Income College Students in Trump's 2017 Budget

President Trump cutting the nation's education budget

As President Donald Trump continues to make changes to the nation's budget, his most recent cut to the U.S. Department of Education is bad news to millions of low-income students and thousands of schools around the country. Trump is planning to drastically reduce the Pell Grant Program, and totally eliminate the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program.

Monday, March 20, 2017

How President Trump's Tax Cuts Will Affect Low Income Housing in a Really Bad Way

President Donald Trump in a low income housing area

The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that there is now a shortage of affordable homes in every state and major metropolitan area in the country. It is considered a national housing crisis. Yet President Donald Trump has proposed tax cuts that will send a sharp blow to low income housing financing. This could mean that low income housing projects may be either delayed, or killed.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Poor Women With Breast Cancer Are 4 Times More Likely To Lose Their Jobs -- But Why?

Poor woman with breast cancer

Statistics show that about one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. But only one-fourth of low-income women are as likely to keep their jobs as women with higher incomes who are also going through breast cancer treatment.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Pay What You Can" Says Milwaukee Restaurant Owner to Low Income Residents

Tricklebee Café in Milwaukee for low income families

As a nation, Americans eat out frequently. According to the U.S. Healthful Food Council, Americans buy a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times a week. This, however, is not a luxury that most low-income families can enjoy. One Milwaukee restaurant owner believes that dining out should be available for low-income people as well as those who can pay for it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nearly 50% of U.S. Children Now Live in Poverty -- And Trump Wants to Cut These Programs!

American child living in poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) reports that 43 percent of all children in the U.S. now live in low-income families. This includes 30.6 million children, including 5.2 million infants and toddlers under the age of three. What is more concerning is the fact that the number represents an increase between 2009 - 2015.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Study Reveals Shocking Reasons Why Puberty Is More Difficult For Low Income Teen Girls

Teenage low income girl experiencing puberty isssues

What happens to children when they are young often affects them for the rest of their lives. This includes that awful growing up stage called puberty. Recent research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows how girls from low income families are affected by not having the proper preparation for puberty.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This State Offers Free Tax Preparation For Low Income Families

Low income family getting free tax preparation

The state of Illinois is now offering free tax preparation to low-income families. The announcement was made recently through the state's Department of Human Services. Families with incomes up to $55,000 and individuals with annual incomes up to $30,000 can have their taxes prepared at no cost.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

President Obama Wants to Give $1 Billion to Low-Income Students

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President Obama has created a $1 billion policy that will divert funds from more affluent schools to schools with large numbers of low-income students. The proposal was first formulated in September and now has just days to be approved by Congress before the new Trump administration takes over.

Monday, January 9, 2017

How One Utility Company Is Softening The Blow For Low Income Families

Low income residents

Rate increases in utilities is not welcomed by most customers, but imagine the impact on low income customers if prices triple. That is what is happening to about 3,500 Liberty Utilities customers in Texas. But collaboration between the city of Tyler, Texas and the utility company has resulted in a solution that will soften the blow to low income families in the service area.

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Law Will Especially Benefit Low Income Working Parents After Welcoming a New Baby

DC Council passes Paid Family Leave Bill

A new bill in Washington D.C. was just passed that will offer welcomed benefits to low-wage workers. Many low-wage workers cannot afford to take time off to welcome a new baby. The new law has extended weeks of leave to 8 weeks for birth, adoption or fostering and also includes up to 90 percent of wages to be paid during the leave.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

More Than 6,000 Low Income Families in D.C. Will Lose Their Welfare Benefits in 2017

Low income family

Most people welcome a new year with promises of better things to come. But for thousands of welfare recipients in Washington, D.C., it's a different story. For them, 2017 may be their worst year yet. Why? They are going to lose their welfare benefits.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

More Than 50,000 Low Income Students to Be Accepted at Yale, Princeton, and 28 More Top Colleges

Low income college students graduating thanks to the American Talent Initiative


No one should be denied an education due to lack of money. Yet every year about 12,500 lower-income high school graduates with outstanding academic credentials do not attend a college with a high graduation rate because of financial barriers, according to information from the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Talent Initiative. But a $1.7 million, multi-year grant will change this!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What Really Kills Thousands of Low Income Americans

Low income Americans

Everyone talks about how Americans are living longer, and they are correct. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of Americans older than 100 has increased more than 43 percent from just one decade ago. The National Institute on Aging says that
"People are living longer and living more of their life in better health than before.” Unfortunately, these statistics do not apply to low-income Americans.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Big Cities Introducing College Savings Program For Low Income Children

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College costs are rising, making it more and more difficult for low-income children to pursue their educational goals. There are scholarships, grants and financial aid, but this is often not enough to make college affordable for children from low-income families.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Should Colleges Be Fined For Not Admitting More Low Income Students?

Low income college student

About 5 percent of all institutions of higher education are known to enroll few low-income students. In an effort to improve graduation rates among low-income students, two U.S. senators are proposing that these colleges either change or pay up -- with fines imposed if they fail to increase their low-income student enrollment in four years.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New Government Ban For All Low Income Housing


More than 940,000 low-income homes that are subsidized by the federal government will be effected by President Obama's recent ban on smoking in all low-income housing. The ban was just announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and will be in full effect by Fall 2018.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Many Low Income Students Are Graduating From This Top University

Drew University low income student

This college comes in a strong second in graduation rate for low-income students among four-year private and public colleges in New Jersey. The only other college ahead of them is prestigious Princeton University.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Program Proves Low Income Children Can Learn a 2nd Language (Even at Just 3-Years Old!)

Bi-Lingual Low Income Students

According to The Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research, researchers have shown that the bilingual brain can have better attention and task-switching capacities than the monolingual brain. In other words, learning a second language can enhance academic as well as social skills. Other researchers agree. One elementary school in the poorest ward of Washington D.C. is taking this knowledge to the next level by offering a second language to low-income students.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Why Low Income Families Should Expect Tax Refund Delays in 2017

Low income family preparing taxes

Every year, nearly eight out of 10 U.S. tax filers get a federal tax refund. The average amount paid over the past few years was roughly $2,800, according to the most recent data from the IRS. Low-income families, in particular, look forward to refunds and file early so they can get their refunds sooner. But they should expect delays in their refunds in 2017. Why?

Monday, November 14, 2016

4 More States Have Raise the Minimum Wage for Low Income Workers

Protesting about low income wages

The U.S. Presidency wasn't the only issue on ballots across the U.S. last week. Increases in minimum wages for low income workers was successfully passed by four more states: Maine, Arizona, Colorado, and the state of Washington.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

This Big Merger Could Hurt Millions of Low Income Americans

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Company mergers happen all the time. The latest is a whopper of a deal, involving the nation’s largest phone, Internet and pay-TV provider and a mega entertainment, news and media company. If approved, the $85 billion merger could hurt millions of low-income families in America.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

This Practice Against the Poor Puts Thousands of Innocent People in Prison Every Year

Bianca Young, innocent Chicago women in prison

People who are charged with committing crimes and are sent to jail pending trial are usually offered bail bond. This allows them to pay to be released before their trial begins. Poor people, however, are at a huge disadvantage with this practice because they have no money to pay the bond. Some sit in jail for as much as two years before being released for a crime they never committed.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Low Income Tenants in LA Feel Betrayed by Non-Profit Organizations That Claimed to Be Helping Them

Low income tenants in Los Angeles

Rolland Curtis Gardens in South Los Angeles is home to many low-income families, some of whom have lived there for 27 years. It's a shady, gated complex located within walking distance of USC and was built in 1981. Now dozens of tenants are being evicted. The eviction notices are coming from the same non-profit organization who came to their rescue just a few years ago and purchased it to save the tenants.

Monday, October 24, 2016

This State Just Launched a $100 Million Program to Help Low Income Children

New Hampshire Tomorrow

A New Hampshire charitable foundation has joined forces with hundreds of businesses and organizations to create a fund that will help low-income children in New Hampshire. The fund is called "New Hampshire Tomorrow" and is appropriately named; their goal is to help thousands of low-income children in the state reach their potential so they can eventually contribute to New Hampshire's workforce and communities.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Why Low Income Students on Food Stamps Do Better in School

Low income child eating lunch

A recent study by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showed that low-income children who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, actually perform better in school than children who are not receiving the benefits.
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