Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.