Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Friday, October 14, 2016
The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is receiving much-need help from several non-profit organizations that are concerned about lead in the city's water. Low income families in the city that include children and pregnant women are going to receive $75,000 worth of water filters -- free.
Monday, October 10, 2016
The number of black students being homeschooled is on the rise. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 290,000 African American children are currently being homeschooled, now representing 10 percent of all students being homeschooled. What is the reason for the increase?
Friday, October 7, 2016
Hurricane Matthew has wreaked devastation across the coast of the southeastern United States. The Category 5 hurricane impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and The Bahamas, across the Caribbean Sea, and affecting coastal areas of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. More than 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes, but the ones most affected are people in low-income communities.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Recent studies show that up to 25 percent of high academic students from low income families don't apply for college. Why? Many say it's because they can't afford the application fees, which can run from $30 to $90 per school. Students who can afford to do so usually apply to several colleges to increase their chances of being accepted, but students from poor families either don't apply at all or are limited to applying to just one college.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
A recent study took a good look at children in preschool to determine if black and white students are treated differently. The results were very revealing, especially to the mother of two black children in preschool, both of whom had been suspended at different times from school for bad behavior when other white children guilty of even worse behavior got off with just a phone call from school.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Most people take water for granted, but the truth is that good drinking water is not free. It's even more expensive to conserve water through methods such as a cistern. Water conservation methods are just not affordable for low-income families. One city has developed a unique, first-of-its-kind program to harvest rainwater for low-income families.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
In 1997, Maryland was the first state to offer free telecommunications equipment to residents who were unable to use an ordinary telephone. The equipment included amplified phones, captioned telephones, ring signalers, large-button telephones, hands-free phones, and more. Now, disabled low-income residents can apply for a free tablet computer.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Presidential candidates promise many things when they are running for the office of President of the United States, but this one has caught the attention of millions, especially low-income Americans. Presidential Republican nominee Donald Trump recently stated that if he were elected President, "Low-income Americans will not pay taxes at all."
Monday, September 12, 2016
Every year, Newsweek releases their “Beating the Odds” list of schools around the country that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college, including low-income students who have to overcome economic disadvantages.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Every year since 2012, this non-profit organization gives one deserving student a $30,000 loan forgiveness scholarship. The scholarship is open to students residing in Maryland who are from low-income families. For many, the scholarship meant the difference between going to college and not going to college.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
A new study shows that poor children are beginning to catch up with wealthy children when it comes to being prepared for kindergarten. Although both wealthy and poor children have shown improvement over the years, low-income children are improving at a faster pace.
Monday, August 29, 2016
There is good news for low-income wage earners! Not only are major companies giving minimum-wage increases to their lowest-paid employees, the amount of the raises is higher than what median-income wage earners are getting.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Who says one person cannot make a difference? 8-year old Jahkil Naeem Jackson from Chicago is proving that even a small person with a big heart can make a difference. Greatly saddened by the homeless in Chicago, Jahkil came up with his very own idea on how he could make a difference.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Pop-up preschools are a unique idea being launched throughout the country by the YMCA. The pre-schools are located in libraries, community centers, schools, churches, public housing, local YMCA centers, and museums.
Monday, August 15, 2016
It's called "the racial gap" and it seems to be taking a very long time for black Americans to close it. The gap refers to the huge difference in wealth that exists between white and black Americans. A recent study shows that, unless something drastic occurs, it will take 228 years for blacks to accumulate as much wealth as whites.