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Monday, July 6, 2015

Many Low Income Fathers Pay Child Support -- But In A Different Way

A new study at Johns Hopkins University sheds a more positive light on "deadbeat dads." Although many fathers are not required to pay child support after divorce, the study shows that almost half of low-income fathers spend between $48 - $84 a month on gifts for their children.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why Today's Middle-Class Black Families Don't Exactly Live Like The Huxtables


A recent study by Stanford researchers has revealed yet another racial disparity in housing -- and the cause is not racial discrimination. The study shows that when comparing similar incomes between white and black middle-income families, black middle-income families are less likely to live in good neighborhoods. In fact, many still live in low income areas. This situation is called the neighborhood gap.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Children's Hospital in LA Helps Low Income Teens at Risk For HIV

Low Income Teens

Up to 90 percent of HIV patients who come to Children's Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment are minorities. Although the number of AIDS deaths has gone from 2,000 to 400 since the 1980's, doctors are concerned because the teens who come to them for treatment make up 20 or 25 percent of the total population in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Why Half of All Low Income Couples Get Divorced

Low income couple

Many factors have affected the divorce rate over the last century, including the increase of cohabitation, women's movement and growing acceptance overall about divorce. But, according to a recent survey, the divorce rate is higher among low-income couples, especially those who did not complete high school.

Monday, June 22, 2015

For Every 100 Low Income Families, Only About 28 Have Access to Affordable Housing

Low income woman

Across America, affordable housing options for low-income families are failing. The latest information from Urban Institute, a Washington D.C.-based created by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 to research and find solutions to housing and other urban issues in America, not one county in the U.S. can serve 100 percent of its needs for safe and affordable housing for low-income populations.

Monday, June 15, 2015

How President Obama is Pushing for More Low-Income Housing

Obama pushing for low income housing

Equal Opportunity For All was described by President Obama as "the defining issue of our time" during his 2012 State of the Union address. One area that highlights the segregation that still exists, and that is in housing. Low-income housing all too often exists only in low-income neighborhoods, which results in limited choices by low-income families as to where they can live. President Obama wants to change that.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Need A Job? These 10 States Have the Lowest Unemployment Rates

Low unemployment rates

One of the most important considerations in deciding where you want to live is the area's unemployment rate. Why? Because it is a common measure that determines the health of the economy. It affects how much of your state's taxes are eaten up in paying unemployment benefits, and it affects the housing market. When it comes to unemployment, the lower the better.

Monday, June 8, 2015

First Ever Non-Profit Grocery Store Opens in Boston

Daily Table, non-profit grocery store

Feeding America is a constant challenge. It is an even greater challenge to provide healthy food choices for America's low-income families at a price they can afford. But one entrepreneur in the Boston area has developed a unique plan - the first ever non-profit grocery store.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Why Millions of Low Income Kids Won't Be Eating Lunch This Summer

Low income children eating lunch

It's hard to imagine that in America many poor students who are out of school for the summer will have to wait until school starts again before they can eat lunch. But that is what millions of school children face every year.

Monday, June 1, 2015

5 Black Celebrities Who Were Once on Welfare

Actress Viola Davis
Actress Viola Davis once lived in poverty

Most Americans who watch celebrities on television or in movies don't realize that they were not always celebrities. They, too, had to work hard to get where they are. In fact, you would be surprised to learn that many of these celebrities were once on welfare.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How Low Income Parents in This City Managed to Save Up $1 Million for College

Administrators of San Francisco's Kindergarten to College program

A study done in 2009 showed that students who have money in college savings accounts were more likely to attend college. According to MarketWatch, only about half of all families with children under the age of 18 are saving for college, and 58 percent of those say they aren't saving because they don't have the money.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

These Programs Help Low Income Women Get Affordable Infertility Treatments

Low income couple

About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States between the ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are many types of treatments that can help, but very often low-income women cannot afford it, leaving them disadvantaged when it comes to opportunities to start a family. Fortunately, some agencies are offering help.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Low Income Neighborhoods Absolutely Love This Grocery Chain!

Brown's Super Stores Support Low Income Shoppers in Philadelphia

Jeff Brown, the founder, president and CEO of Brown's Super Stores in the Philadelphia area, has the right idea when it comes to helping those who are less fortunate, especially when it comes to food. No, he is not a non-profit owner but a for-profit entrepreneur who owns a chain of grocery stores that focus on selling fresh, healthy and affordable food to low-income families in the Philadelphia area.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Link Between Poverty and Teen Pregnancy is Bigger Than You Think

Black Pregnant Teen

According to The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), about two thirds of young unmarried mothers are poor and around 25 percent go on welfare within three years after their child is born. In fact, poverty can be a cause of teen pregnancy, but on the other hand, teen pregnancy can lead to poverty.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

What's To Blame For Low-Income Divorce Rates?

Low income couple

It would seem on the surface that everyone wants pretty much the same thing in a marriage. According to research giant Pew Research Center, 80 percent of single women want a man with a steady job, and 70 percent of women want a man whose ideas about raising children are similar to their way of thinking. But, while the divorce rate overall is declining, why is it failing to decline among low-income couples?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Undisputable Proof That Summer Jobs Reduce Violence and Crime in Urban Areas

Chicago Summer Work Program

The Youth Project, a non-profit organization in Chicago, has created a successful program they hope will serve as an example for other cities. The 8-week program offered summer jobs to low-income youth in 13 of Chicago's high-violence schools districts. The results proved without a doubt that job program do reduce violent crime.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

President Obama to Give 10,000 Free eBooks to Low Income Kids

President Obama talking about e-books

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), poverty continues to affect children in cities around the country. Children living in areas from Detroit to Atlanta, Baltimore to D.C., Cleveland, Philadelphia and others are all living in areas where the poverty rate is substantially higher than the national average. With education at risk for these kids, President Obama has offered a solution -- free eBooks to low-income kids.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Payless Giving Away Free Shoes to Low Income Children

Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids

Most children don't think much about their shoes, but imagine a child who is so poor they cannot afford boots to play out in the snow, or participate in sports at school because they can't afford to buy shoes. It's a tragic situation that Payless Shoes is trying to turn around, and they are donating millions of dollars toward the cause with a program called Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Verizon Drops Customers From Low-Income Program Due to Fraud

Verizon customers

In 1985, the U.S. government, through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), established a program called Lifeline that helps low-income phone customers by giving them a discount on their phone service. In 2005, that program expanded to include pre-paid wireless service plans, too. That's a good thing. But recently, 62 percent of Verizon’s customers in New York were dropped from the program. What happened??

Friday, April 24, 2015

And the Worst City For Poor Black Children Is...

Low income students

A recent editorial published in the Times Union Plus newspaper revealed what was called a "disgraceful" reflection on the city of Albany, New York, as being the worst city for poor black children. Out of the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S., Albany ranked at the very end.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Low-Income Students Are Most Likely To Finish High School in These 7 States

Low-Income High School Students

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of high school students from poor families who are graduating from high school is on the rise. Between 2010-2013, high school graduation rates rose for poor students as well as African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, and students with disabilities.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

George Lucas Wants To Build Low Income Housing -- Says, "We Have Enough Millionaires"

Filmmaker George Lucas, known for his multi-billion dollar-generating Star Wars franchise, is planning to build low income housing in Marin County, Northern California where 7.7 percent of county residents live below the poverty line, but the average home price is nearly $1 million.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why Many Low Income Seniors Are Refusing to Use Foodstamps -- Even If They Are Eligible

Low Income Seniors

When most people think about food stamps, or what is currently known as SNAP benefits from the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, they associate it with children and poor families. But the truth is that older Americans need it, too, because nearly half of America’s seniors live at or below 200 percent of the poverty level. Yet many are not even applying for food stamps, let alone using food stamps to buy fruits and vegetables.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

5 Ways to Give Low Income Students a Better Chance of Going to College

Low income students

Everyone, yes everyone has a right to a good education. This includes higher education, or going on to college to ensure a higher earning potential and better life in the future. So, why is it that students from low-income families have such a difficult time accessing higher education opportunities?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Smart Low Income Students Would Have a Chance If It Weren't For This!

Low income student

One would like to think that high-performing, bright students, regardless of background or economic circumstances, would all have an opportunity to tap into advanced learning opportunities. Sadly, that is not the case. A recent study showed that state programs are failing low-income students.