Poverty

For America’s Least Fortunate, The Grip Of Poverty Spans Generations

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

For America’s Least Fortunate, The Grip Of Poverty Spans Generations  -The Huffington Post “I found out I was poor in middle school,” Davis says between bites, as he recalls intermittent forays into the drug trade. “I had holes in my shoes and I started getting ripped on. So I just started hitting the block, and I was like ‘Man, nobody’s […]

Antipoverty Tax Program Offers Relief, Though Often Temporary

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

  Karen Spain spent several long months before receiving her tax refund this year in a state of suspended panic. The rent was three months late. Her car’s brakes were shot. And she could no longer afford to pay her electricity bill.   Read more of this New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise by clicking here.    

Living on less than $2 a day

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Can you imagine living on less than $2 a day?  That’s exactly what nearly 1.5 million American families have had to do.   By Tami Luhby March 7, 2012: 11:59 AM ET http://economy.money.cnn.com/2012/03/07/living-on-less-than-2-a-day/

Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It

Monday, February 13th, 2012

He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to know that he does not need any help from the federal government….   ….Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. […]

In America, $11,000 a Year Is Not Poor

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Besides being generally outraged that our country is failing to provide for so many of our citizens, let’s examine the real absurdity: The poverty line is $10,830. A year. For a family of four, the poverty line is $22,050, which is even worse. The idea that, statistically, we are comfortable calling someone making less than $20,000 a year anything other […]

Poverty in the U.S. spikes

Friday, September 17th, 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The nation’s poverty rate jumped to 14.3% in 2009, its highest level since 1994, and the 43.6 million Americans in need is the highest number in 51 years of record-keeping, the government said Thursday.   For more click here:http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/16/news/economy/Census_poverty_rate/index.htm?hpt=T2

Jacqueline Novogratz on escaping poverty

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Jacqueline Novogratz on escaping poverty   She does a great job talking about the importance of reminding us that poverty isn’t a category or a group of people.   http://tedxomaha.com/2010/08/12/jacqueline-novogratz-on-escaping-poverty/

Five myths about America’s homeless

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Five myths about America’s homeless   By Dennis Culhane Sunday, July 11, 2010   Last month, the Obama administration released a plan designed to end homelessness in 10 years. The goal reflects new optimism among academics and advocates that homelessness is not an intractable feature of urban life, as it has sometimes seemed, but a problem that can be solved. This belief […]

Study of Fort Worth’s homeless plan shows ‘dramatic progress’

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

An article in Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram on how a community’s city, county, faith and service sectors came together to make a difference in people experiencing extreme crisis and no where left to turn.   Study of Fort Worth’s homeless plan shows ‘dramatic progress’   Posted Monday, Jun. 21, 2010 By ALEX BRANCH abranch@star-telegram.com   Fort Worth’s homeless plan has made “dramatic […]

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