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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Most Low Income Families Waste 40% of Their Paychecks on This!

Low income family shopping

One would expect people with a lot of money to spend a great deal of money on luxury items. But according to Deutsche Bank Research, even poor people spend up to 40 percent of their income on luxury goods.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Why This City's Decision to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 Was a Terrible Idea

Protestors in Seattle for a minimum wage increase

Raising the minimum wage on low-income jobs seems like a good idea. But Seattle's decision to increase their minimum wage to $15/hour turned out to be a very bad idea. Why? It resulted in a significant drop in hours and loss of jobs for low-wage earners.

Monday, July 3, 2017

President Trump Says He Wants at Least 6 Million People Off Welfare

President Donald Trump

The message from the White House is clear: "If you're on food stamps and able-bodied, we need you to go to work." Trump and his aides make it sound so simple -- just put the 6 million welfare recipients into America's over 5.7 million job openings. But it is far from simple, and many feel also impossible.

Monday, June 26, 2017

These 2 Programs Help Low Income Mothers Triple Their Income With a Career in Technology

Low income women being helped by tech programs

Low income mothers need all the help they can get when it comes to emerging themselves to high-wage careers in technology. Fortunately, there are non-profit programs that are reaching out to assist them.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Amazon Fighting Walmart For Low Income Customers -- Will Soon Start Accepting Food Stamps Online

Amazon Fresh program targeting low income customers

Amazon is fighting Walmart for business by making its Prime membership program more affordable for customers on government assistance programs, including food stamps. Walmart has long been known as one of the largest chain of discount department stores in the U.S., but Amazon is also determined now to go after the same low-income customers.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Low Income Students Have Increased 32% at This University

Otterbein University low income students

Since 2014, the number of freshmen from low-income families entering this university in Ohio has increased 32 percent. Their secret is no secret at all; they are simply giving more and more financial aid to low-income students who otherwise might not be able to go to college.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Program Will Give Low Income Residents Free Legal Help to Fight Evictions

Black family being evicted

A Washington D.C. City Council committee has set aside $4.5 million for a new program that will help low-income residents in D.C. fight evictions. The new program offers qualifying low-income families free legal support services.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If You Make $100K a Year in This City, You Are Considered "Low Income"

San Francisco

"Low income" is a term that is often linked to the need for affordable housing. A low-income status means many people can receive help from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). But the latest information shows that a six-figure income can be considered “low-income” in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trump Wants to End Reproductive Healthcare for Millions of Low Income Women

Trump with women supporters

Another healthcare benefit for millions of low-income women may soon be abolished. The legislation that will stop federal funding and end these programs is called H.J. Res 43, and it was signed by President Trump on April 13, 2017, ending funding for health care providers who offer reproductive health and family planning services to millions of low-income women across the country.

Tuesday, April 4, 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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Is This Fortune 500 Company Discriminating Against Low Income Neighborhoods?

Low income family

AT&T is again under fire, this time for discriminating against low-income neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. How? By not upgrading home Internet and video technologies in poor neighborhoods. The accusations come from two nonprofit groups, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and Connect Your Community (CYC).

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


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


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.